Tag Archives: writing

Worth a read 10/13/2014

  • Helping students to cultivate the skills needed for writing is often about cultivating a love of writing.

    It’s true that not every student has a budding author in them, but each of them does have a need to be able to express themselves clearly, concisely and intelligently. Whether they want to go on to write the Great American Novel or simply present business ideas to colleagues, writing skills are essential. The best way to help them develop those skills is to make writing personal and give them a vested interest in communication.

    Blogs have become one of the most popular website formats in recent years. Websites like Blogger, WordPress and Weebly have become the essential ways for people of different walks of life to broadcast their personal stories, challenges and insights. This has created both a new generation of budding writers as well as a generation with a keen interest in the stories of others.

    tags: KDSBytes blogging student blogs writing

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Worth a read 06/27/2014

  • Children take to technology like fish take to water. Even as debates rage over how much technology we should let our children use, it comes down to one inescapable fact that the society of today and tomorrow is totally driven by technology. The impact of video games on children is well-researched.
    Let’s question – can we be Luddites in a world that is also tapping into children as design “partners” for innovation? Or should we embrace the best of technology and use it to strengthen their literacy and cognitive skills?
    Which are the creative technology skills we should encourage children to learn? Maybe, these five (though, feel free to suggest your own in the comments)…

    tags: comics cartoon apps moviemaking games mindmapping KDSBytes collaboration writing

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Storybird is a tool to use for creative writing with students to create beautiful illustrated books. Storybird can be used on a computer or through a browser on an iPad. It is suitable for creating picture books or long-form (chapter) books or even poetry.

Storybird has hundreds of themed sets of illustrations freely available to use to illustrate a story. Here’s a snapshot of just a few from a search for penguins:

Storybird - Artful Storytelling

Search for artwork to fit an existing story or browse the illustrations to inspire a new story. When the story is complete it can be shared free of charge via a link, embedding on a website, through social media or email; or for around $2 you can download a high-quality pdf for printing. There is even the option to have a proper bound book printed from around $15 and they do deliver to Australia.

Teachers can create accounts for their students and then monitor progress and provide feedback through the writing process. Students are able to view and comment on each others work in a safe online space.

Imagine how thrilled the children will be to share their beautifully illustrated stories with their families.

My story isn’t going to win any prizes but it gives you a little idea of what is possible.

Here is some feedback about Storybird from teachers:

Storybird - Storybird for Schools

Young writer’s award – entries open!

Retrieved from http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService/Pages/YoungWriterAward.aspx

Your students may be interested in this:

The Melbourne Library Service Young Writer’s Award competition has launched for 2014. Entries are open to young people aged 10-25 for short stories, poems or graphic/comic short stories. Finalists will have their work published online with the overall winners from each age group and category receiving cash prizes.

Entries open 30 April 2014 and close on 31 August 2014.

Read more on the Melbourne Library Service website or download this YWA Poster to print and display in your classroom.

Worth a read 04/29/2014

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