DigiWrite: Using Technology in Writing

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Workshop Overview

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the possibilities of using technology during writing. Participants will learn how to find resources and create activities using technology as a way of engaging students in writing.

Workshop Handout
Workshop Agenda


In this workshop, you will:
  1. View ways technology is used in writing
  2. Review ways to use technology in writing
  3. Evaluate resources for classroom use
  4. Discuss classroom implications
  5. Brainstorm activities for the classroom
  6. Share a lesson possibility

ISTE Standards

This workshop will help teachers accomplish the following standards:
  1. Technology Operations and Concepts - Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. Teachers: B. demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies.
  2. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences - Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology. Teachers: B. apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.
    C. identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability.
    D. plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities.
    E. plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment.
  3. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum - Teachers implement curriculum plans, that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. Teachers: A. facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards
    C. manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.
  4. Assessment and Evaluation - Teachers apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. Teachers: B. use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.
  5. Productivity and Professional Practice - Teachers use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice. Teachers: B. continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning.
    C. apply technology to increase productivity.
    D. use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student learning.

Technology and Writing

Online Graphic Organizers
Digital Poetry
PhotoStory 3


Classroom Examples


Descriptive Video
Gingerbread Phonics
Using Jing to Provide Writing Feedback
A PhotoStory Lesson Plan to Create Classroom Poems


Sir Ken Robinson - The Power of the Imaginative Mind - Part One
Sir Ken Robinson - The Power of the Imaginative Mind - Part Two

Create, Inspire, and Grow
PhotoStory 3



Student Work- SlideShows

Questions to Ponder:
How can using more technology throughout the writing process engage students in learning?
Is this possible in our current educational setting?


Provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials
National Writing Project
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
PhotoStory 3
This software allows for the creation of slideshows/videos using your digital photos.
Lesson Connection
This collaborative website suggest webquests, websites and other valuable resources.
Make your words come alive through a vivid graphic site! This site allows students and teachers alike to create word clouds for reports and much more!
Need a record in a hurry with minimal training? Jing! allows for the creation of quick tutorials, presentations, student reports or writing feedback to students.
Working very similarly to PhotoStory 3, VoiceThread has one major difference- collaboration. VoiceThread allows users to create, record, and share their presentations with a global audience.
A simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.
Ways to Use Technology in Writing
An additional online resource for additional ideas