"The skills need to create a well-crafted piece are the same, whether you're building a Website or you're writing a novel."
- Christopher Myers
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In the Classroom
On a workshop day in her classes, Susie Lebryk-Chao often directs students to use the Internet to tour inspirational sites. You may want to use or adapt this worksheet for students to help them get the most our of their Internet experience.
Here are some other sites you and your students can visit. Writing prompts or assignments should be adjusted to the content of each.
Use this survey to find out what technologies your students have access to and their level of experience/comfort with each. Compile results and discuss with the class or in small groups. To which community member might they turn if they encounter a problem in dealing with technology? Based on these results, what is a fair way of assigning writing experiences that require computer or Internet access? How can you best make use of technological resources available through the school?
After the discussion, direct students to reflect in writing about what they learned about other members of their writing community and ways in which they might use this information to help them as they write and communicate in all media.
Blackboard.com, a resource mentioned in the workshop videos, hosts Web space for users interested in setting up a site for their students. Access to the site is free for the first 60 days to allow users to try out this service. After that, there is an annual fee for maintaining the site.
If you are interested in setting up a class Web space for your writers, you should also investigate your school or district's sites to see if they can offer you space without charge.
What's the best lesson you ever shared with student writers using technology? How have they helped you learn more about new media? Share these and other thoughts on Teacher-Talk.