Checking All the Write Boxes: Tech Tools for Writing Across the Curriculum

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Willow Alston-Socha  
Explore strategies to promote understanding and equity of voice with the utilization of technology tools for writing across the curriculum. Evaluate applications within Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, Hattie’s HITS and DOK. Participants will leave this session with a plethora of ideas and resources to support immediate classroom implementation.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is the support teachers in the utilization of technology tools to develop students' literacy skills across the curriculum.

Participants will understand the importance of developing students literacy skills across the curriculum.
Participants will utilize the TPACK model as a means to correctly matching learning objectives with technology tool utilization.
Participants will understand how to select technology tools for both low and high-stakes writing activities.
Participants will utilize Popplet, Mirro, Thinglink, and Animoto to create an exemplar of writing-tech tool integration.


Connector and Norms - 5 minutes
The Why - Why Technology for Writing - 5 minutes
Things to Consider - Overview of the TPACK Model, Blooms Digital Taxonomy, the HITS, and DOK - 10 minutes
Tech Tool Analysis Part I - Interactive Analysis of Tech Tool Application Through TPACK Lens - 15 minutes
Task 1 - Concept Map Creation - 20 minutes
Tech Tool Analysis Part II - Interactive Analysis of Tech Tool Application Through TPACK Lens - 15 minutes
Task 2 - Storyboarding and Video Production - 20 minutes
Reflection and Evaluation - 5 minutes

Supporting research

What's Hot in Literacy 2020 Report

Churches, A. (2009). Bloom's digital taxonomy. Abgerufen unter: http://edorigami. wikispaces. com/file/view/bloom% 27s+ Digital+ taxonomy+ v3, 1.

Koehler, M. J., & Mishra, P. (2009). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70. Retrieved from

Krathwohl, D. R. (2002). A revision of Bloom's taxonomy: An overview. Theory into practice, 41(4), 212-218.

Schrock, K. (2012). The cogs of cognitive process: Revised Bloom’s taxonomy.

Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write | Edutopia [Web log post]. (2016, May 10). Retrieved from

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Willow Alston-Socha, RTI International