Scenario #1:
Students are to be peer editing on a draft in preparation for writer’s conferences. Instead, they are gathering in the corner and snickering around one student’s laptop. You ask them to stop, but within minutes they are huddled around the student’s laptop and laughing aloud, disrupting the entire class. How do you handle it?

Scenario #2:
Early in the school year, a handful of students approach you and ask if they can participate in class without using technology. They would rather use paper and pencil. What do you tell them and why?

Scenario #3
After your first writing assignment that requires internet research, you believe that a number of students have cut and paste text from web sites and passed the work off as their own. How do you confirm that the text is not the students’ original writing? What discipline steps do you take. How do you avoid this situation in the future?

Scenario #4:
What steps do you take to ensure that the technology is an asset to your class? What are the procedures that you’ll take for check out of the machines? What is the quickest way to get the computers back in the cart? What about making sure that they all arrive back safely? Who is responsible to make sure that all the computers are plugged in and charging?

Scenario #5:
You want to extend the writer’s wall to the 21st Century. You decide, and the students are excited about the idea, to use some online tools to publish students’ writing. However, as you begin to share the idea with the parents of your students, some concerns arise. What steps do you take to alleviate parent concerns and ensure safe online behavior for your students?

Representing similarities and differences in a graphic or symbolic form enhances students' understanding of and ability to use knowledge (Marzano 16)

What are the modes of expository writing? See:

Web based resources:

Creating Graphic Organizers with your word processor


Turn off the tools! Get ideas, text and content down.
  • Turning off the tools. Go to Tools>Spellcheck>Options>click “Check spelling as you type”

Challenge your students with word count.
  • Tools>Word Count

Organization: Color-coding the text
  • View>Toolbars>Formatting
  • Develop common language—the pink = a topic sentence, blue is a supporting detail, etc


Sentence fluency:

Grade Level Analysis:

Word choice:

  • Podcast your draft. Listen back to it and make notes on your hard copy about changes.
  • Have a peer read it into the podcast recorder and listen to his/her audio file.
  • Cut and paste your text into The female voice is a bit more bearable. Two other sites (with better voices): AT&T Text-to-speech | Expressivo

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Explore color-coding/highlighting and the insert comment feature.

  • The insert comment is found under the Insert>Note.
  • It puts a small, yellow stick note into the text that can be clicked on to expand a text box with notes in it. Note that if you hover over the sticky you'll get the pop-up text. Do not however, highlight a word and insert a note over it--it will erase the selected word.


A few Teacher Wikis in LPS
- Kindergarten / First Grade -
- 4th Grade - Mrs.Sheftel's Wiki
- 4th Grade - ( just started ) posted student videos -
- 5th Grade -
- 5th Grade -
- 5th Grade -
- 5th Grade -
- 5th Grade -
- Middle School Powell News -
- High School Science -
- High School Lang Arts -
- High School Spanish - ( just started exploring using this for student recordings )
- High School Spanish - ( audio files to download )

If you do NOT have a Blogger (Google) account start by clicking here.

A Quick Tutorial

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Blogger Quick Start Guide

How Do I Edit My Posts
Once you have created a post you have the ability to edit the contents of that post. Click here to learn how to edit your blog posts.

Comment Moderation
When using a blog as part of your classroom activities, one of the most important features for you to enable is "Comment Moderation". This allows you, as the teacher, to preview and approve any comments made by your students BEFORE they go live on your blog. The will help you prevent inappropriate comments and/or "cyberbullying" incidents. Click here to learn how to enable the comment moderation feautres of your blog. IMPORTANT NOTE: With comment moderation turned on you have the ability to Approve or Reject a comment made to your blog BUT users do not have the ability to edit the comments they have made.

Customizing Your Blog
Once you have mastered adding posts to your blog and moderating the comments you may want to add some expanded functionality and "glitz" to your class blog. Click here to learn how to customize the layout and add Google widgets to your blog.

Using Blogs in the Classroom
As you begin to explore blogs for writing you may wonder how can I utilize a blog with my students. The following document will give you a place to start in imagining the possibilities for blogs and your students.

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