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Innovative Elementary Writing Activities for the Digital Age (WH123)

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Sunday, June 26, 12:30–3:30 pm
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2C

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Discover free and innovative ways web 2.0, mobile apps and digital media creation can develop voice, dialogue, figurative language and more in your budding elementary authors. And with the ideas, student samples, rubrics and practical resources you need, transformative writing instruction is just a workshop away!

Fee: $113 ($123 after May 1)
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: While the session will provide many instructional practices and tools that can be applied across all devices, the ability to run flash-based websites will allow for maximum workshop participation. If desired, tablet users may want to consider the Puffin browser or a Flash emulator app.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Students : Communication and collaboration
Students : Creativity and innovation

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With the emergence of Web 2.0 and global communications tools, the art of writing is becoming increasingly vital to our students. Whether it’s translating the concise word choice of poetry to Twitter, the voice of persuasive essays to blogs, or the delicate crafting of an engaging narrative into ePublishing, effective writing is at the heart of 21st Century Learning and Skills. In this eye-opening session, educators will learn how to bring out the inner Shel Silverstein and J. K. Rowling in their students through intentional uses of innovative Web 2.0 tools and student-created digital media. Plus, educators will learn about free and affordable ways to promote their budding authors by publishing paper and digital storybooks and anthologies. In fact, these activities, projects and practices have already empowered the presenter’s students to win international digital storytelling awards and even pen an Amazon Best-seller!

Through these engaging activities and kid-created projects, educators will see measurable improvements in their students’ spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, details, creativity, elaboration and more! And with ideas, student samples, adaptable rubrics and the practical resources they need to get started, attendees will rush to integrate their new learning as soon as they return to school!


Introductory Attendee Writing Activity - (5 minutes)

Introduction to 21st Century Writing Competencies and Common Core State Standards for Writing - (15 minutes)

Guiding Principles for Effective Writing Instruction - (10 minutes)

Developing Qualities of Good Writing - (1 hour, 40 minutes)
(Attendees will learn about the four main qualities - engaging appropriate writing activities, evaluating student samples and rubrics, and sharing their ideas about extending presented applications to their own classrooms.)
- Focus - Ex: Main Idea “Tweets,” Digital Mind Mapping
- Organization – Ex: Scholastic Story Starters, ReadWriteThink Printing Press
- Support – Ex: My Storymaker (elaboration), Blogging (precise word choice)
- Conventions – Ex: MakeBeliefsComix (dialogue), Google Docs (varied sentence structure), Voki (spelling)

Student Editing Strategies – (10 minutes)

Digital Media Production, Authentic Audiences & Global Collaboration Opportunities – (30 minutes)

Conclusion and Evaluation - (10 minutes)

(This workshop can also be offered as a full day workshop, which digs even deeper into the pedagogical approach and explores further instructional technology applications.)

Supporting research

“Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture” by Henry Jenkins

“The Element” (Book) and “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity” (TED Talk) – Sir Ken Robinson

“It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades” (Book) – Boni Hamilton; “…the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Thoughtfully planned, such lessons engage students to a higher degree than traditional teaching and lead to the development of 21st-century skills such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.” (p.19)

“Framework for 21st Century Learning” by Partnership for 21st Century Skills,
“Meaningful Learning with Technology” by Jane Howland, David Jonassen, and Rose Marra

“Authentic Audiences: Overcoming the Myth of “When I Grow Up” by Nancye Blair Black,
“Study: Young Kids Better with Tech than Life Skills” (article) - Larry Magid - - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.

“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – “The skills in high demand now are not exclusively reading, writing, and arithmetic. Magner's organization [Partnership for 21st Century Skills] says United States schools need to fuse the traditional three Rs with the four Cs--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation.”



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Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes holistic, technology-enriched pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her many honors. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader, won a PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and has been featured in magazines and books as well as on radio and television programs. Nancye brings captivating energy, experience and expertise to her keynotes, workshops and presentations. She is a contributing author of several books, including Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education and Tablets in K12 Education. She serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, is president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education and is founding president for the ISTE 3D Network.