Here we go – another exciting ride through the intricacies of Writers Workshop. And you knew this was coming – with a twist. As we navigate the environment of web2, we come to understand just how complex the writing process has become. I like to think of this as opportunities to offer more “choice and voice” to our students (eg. personalized, dynamic and supportive).
Consider questions like:
- Is writing different now that it involves the ability to include images, hyperlinks, audio, and video?
- What is our definition of what constitutes as writing using web tools? Has it changed over time?
Our initial comments were added to our pin board (using Wallwisher – an online bulletin board).
The tool we’re using to invite our students to the writing environment? Google Docs allow us a venue to explore and frame our thinking about the writing journey and how our students engage in the process. [Google Docs, part of our Google Apps for Education platform provides an environment much like MSWord.] Collaborative in nature and open to real time commenting suggest that this will help our writers strengthen their skills over time. We’ll be writing more in the coming weeks.