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Write for the World With the 100-Word Challenge

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 37

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 24, 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 37

Tina Schmidt  
Do your students groan when writing is on the schedule? Do they see it as a chore with no real relevance? We'll showcase the 100-Word Challenge and bring purpose to writing by sharing it across the world. You'll turn students from reluctant writers into excited authors!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Blogging takes writing to a whole new level. It allows children to share their work and learning with others outside of their classroom walls for a recognized purpose. Students become engaged with their writing when they know that they have an authentic global audience of their peers and interested adults. Often times teachers are excited about getting started with blogging but don't know where to go to make the global connections, and that's where we can help.

Participants will learn all about the 100 Word Challenge ( which is a free, weekly online writing project for young people. It provides a prompt of a few words, a picture or a part of a sentence which they respond to by producing a creative piece of writing. This is published on a blog and then linked to 100 Word Challenge where a team of volunteers from across the world visit and comment on the posts. This session will show the power that these comments have in improving writing as well as motivating students to feel positive about their learning. Participants will learn how these global connections can provide that purpose that is so often missing in a single classroom with just one teacher. At present 100 Word Challenge has over 2000 classrooms across the world signed up, allowing around 60,000 students to engage with it.


Attendees will learn how to take part in the 100 Word Challenge and see examples of the weekly prompts. We will share copies of student pieces (via QR code and hard copies) and talk about how excited children get when their writing is shared across the world. Teachers will see how blogging can easily be incorporated into a busy classroom empowering the children to make digital connections safely. We will also share examples of how more formal grammar work can be integrated.

Supporting research

Ripp, Pernille. Reimagining Literacy through Global Collaboration. Solution Tree Press, a Division of Solution Tree, 2017.

Prosser, Amy. Tech out Your Class: 6 Projects to Meet Common Core & ISTE Standards. International Society for Technology in Education, 2016

Parisi, Lisa and Brian Crosby. Making Connections with Blogging: Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms. 2012. ISTE.

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Tina Schmidt, St. Ignatius of Antioch School

Tina Schmidt is a 3rd grade teacher with 19 years of experience teaching in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She is a Google Certified Level 2 and a Flat Connection certified Educator. She is passionate about using technology to make global connections with her young students.

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