Leveraging technology in the writing process

The focus of this page are instructional supports for the following Common Core Writing Standards:

  • W.9-10.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
  • W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Here are some websites you and your students might find helpful in getting a vision for the work:

  • Google Docs in the Classroom–This video from The Teaching Channel, Sarah Brown Wessling shows how students can collaboratively create shared writing products.
  • 34 Interesting Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom–This Google Slides presentation offers ways to begin leveraging technology throughout the writing process, and simply getting students to write frequently. Some tips include: collaborative homework (#8), buddy editing (#16), reading responses (#17), collaborative writing from notes (#27)
  • 5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom–If you and your students are already familiar with the basics of shared documents and collaborative writing, you might want to check out this site for ways to begin using Google Forms as a way to publish student writing.

Finally, here are some quick tech tips if this is your first foray into the Google Docs world:

  • How to Share Files and Folders in Google Drive–These help tips will get you and your students sharing files and folders with others on Google Drive. Files can be shared so that others can only view the document or comment on it or have free access to edit it.
  • How to Track Changes in Google Docs–Great, now you have several students collaborating on one document, so how do you know who is actually doing the work? Use this feature to check in on students’ progress.

Have other resources or ideas that have worked well for you? Want to help your colleagues avoid common pitfalls? Please leave comments on this page!


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