Lesson 2.3: What types of digital writing could I have my students create?
- To investigate various forms of digital writing such as blogs, wikis, video, hypertext fiction, and digital learning journals.
Activate Prior Knowledge
News flash! The 5-paragraph essay is out... digital storytelling is in!
Read this blog post about creating digital essays, thinking about the power of writing using multimedia.
If you missed it, HERE is an example digital research project created using Buncee.
Questions for Reflection:
- How does the use of multimedia elements make the text more interactive?
- Can allowing more creative writing projects like this increase student engagement?
- Has volume or sophistication of writing been sacrificed by the digital format?
Websites are a great opportunity for students to compose informational texts in multimedia-rich spaces. Google Sites is extremely simple and easy-to-use... students can quickly build pages without any knowledge of coding. Sites even offers layouts that can be easily dragged into the design space, and uploaded images are automatically sized to fit the layout boxes.
Click HERE to view a Google Site I created for a topic I researched (dystopia).
Here are some ways you might consider using Google Sites in your classroom to "digitize" traditional forms of writing:
|Type of Writing||Website Ideas|
|Literature Response||Students could create a website for a book that includes a variety of creative and analytical responses. They can add images and links to videos or other websites with related information.|
|Personal Portfolio||Students could create a website with information about themselves, samples of their best work, and blog-style posts about their reading or other interests.|
|Research Project||Students could create a website to teach information about a topic they researched. They can use multimedia text features to convey central ideas and details.|
|Learning Journal||Students could create a website to document their growth as a reader and writer, posting reflections and uploading work samples.|
|Collaboration||Students could create a collaborative website as a group project. This could be a wiki or collection of original pieces of writing on a particular topic.|
Explore the Nerdy Book Club blog: https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com
* What features does it have?
* What makes it different from a traditional book review?
Next, check out this classroom blog example.
* What features and types of information does this teacher have on her blog?
* How does she use her blog to support/enhance student learning?
For more great examples, check out these "22 Best Kid Lit Blogs to Follow".
More ideas here at A Few Creative Ways to Use Student Blogs.
Below are some links to real fan wikis. Spend some time exploring the wikis, then reflect on these questions:
- What is the purpose of a wiki?
- How do wikis establish community around a topic?
- What wikis can you imagine your students creating based on their passions?
- If your students write information texts and literary analysis, could they create a collaborative wiki about a book, TV series, video game, movie, or something else they are interested in?
Safety is always an important consideration when using internet platforms for digital creation. Students could easily create a wiki using Google Sites. Common Sense Media is a great place to find reviews of Ed Tech tools.
Read this article to learn about how to use wikis in your classroom: https://educationaltechnology.net/wikis-in-education/
Deepen Your Understanding
Now that you have completed lesson 3, revisit your understanding of the learning target. Consider what new understandings you now have, and develop your initial understandings based on the lesson materials.