Use List.ly for Interactive, Collaborative Book Lists!

Trying out @listly for my #SocialMedia class at @SJSUiSchool: Adventure Reads for Junior High https://t.co/h0j4dmNBhn @Jen_Jumba #edtechchat — Amy McMillan (@amyjmcmillan) July 2, 2016 Here’s a recent library school assignment: Try out a social media tool, one you’ve never used before. Make a Prezi with a voice over to explain how the tool works and […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #5: Multimedia Compositions

This year I tried an experiment: Instead of asking for traditional essays at the end of our final two units, I asked my students to create multimedia compositions. They still had to draft scripts to outline what they wanted to say or show. They still had to meet specific standards-based requirements. BUT their final products could […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #3: Youth Writing Contests

A sense of audience—knowing that someone beyond the teacher will read what the students have written—is crucial to the success of writing workshop.  – Nancie Atwell, In the Middle  In her book, In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents, Nancie Atwell suggests seventeen ways student writers can go public. Number one on the […]

How to Create a Class Anthology with Google Slides

With the right formatting, a slide deck can have the look and feel of a simple e-book. I use Google slides because it allows collaboration and makes it extremely simple to publish  and share. First, create a template of master slides to share with students. Share the template. You can do this several ways: Post […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #2: Class Anthology

This is the second post in a series about giving student writers opportunities to write for authentic audiences and purposes. In the last post I discussed the Open Mic strategy I learned from the South Coast Writing Project. In this post I’ll give you two ways to update the tried and true class anthology assignment. […]