MTI 558: Teach Writing With Tech
Starts Monday, June 21, 2021! This is the last chance to sign up. Click this link to sign up.
Educators participate in this five-week hands-on quasi-writer’s workshop to learn about widely-available digital tools that will help their students develop their inner writer. Resources include videos, pedagogic articles, lesson plans, projects. Strategies introduced range from conventional tools such as quick writes, online websites, and visual writing to unconventional approaches such as Twitter novels, comics, and Google Earth lit trips. These can be adapted to any writing program be it 6+1 Traits, Common Core, or the basic who-what-when-where-why. By the time educators finish this class, they will be ready to implement many new writing tools in their classroom.
Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.
What You Get
- 5 weeks
- 3 college credits
- Price includes course registration and all necessary materials.
At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning.
- Use traditional and non-traditional technology approaches to build an understanding of good writing and nurture a love of the process.
- Guide students in selecting writing strategies that differentiate for task, purpose and audience
- Assess student writing without discouraging creativity via easy-to-use tech tools.
- Provide students with effective feedback in a collaborative, sharing manner.
- Be prepared for and enthusiastic about using technology tools in the writing class
Who Needs This
This course is designed for educators who:
- are looking for new ways to help students unlock their inner writer
- have tried traditional writing methods and need something else
- need to differentiate for varied needs of their diverse student group
- want to—once again—make writing fun for students
What Do You Need to Participate
- Internet connection
- Accounts for Canvas (free–you’ll get an invite to respond to)
- Ready and eager to commit 5-10 hours per week for 5 weeks to learning tech
- Risk-takers attitude, inquiry-driven mentality, passion to optimize learning and differentiate instruction
- Standard software assumed part of a typical ed tech set-up
- Tech networking advice
- Assistance setting up hardware, networks, infrastructure, servers, internet, headphones, microphones, phone connections, loading software (i.e., Office).
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
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