I am excited to be presenting at the K-12 Online Conference this October. My presentation, Writing- It’s All About Collaboration and Sharing , is part of the Open Learning strand. The reason I am so excited about presenting about writing is that I feel that now, more than ever, the importance of writing is coming into its own in our schools. And, I think we have the standards movement to thank for this. Before you think I’ve gone mad or have drunken the Kool-Aide, look at the evidence. What we have always know to be good teaching and practice is now being demanded in the standards that are shaping instruction in our schools:
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others…
Framework for 21st Century Learning
Communicate Clearly….Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness….as well as assess their impact
ISTE Nets for Students
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Now is the time to think of writing as a core part of our curriculum, not an extra. Taking time to have students blog or otherwise publish their work is not an extra, it’s an essential!
I’d like you to be part of my presentation!
I am looking for examples of students collaborating around writing and sharing their work. I would like to highlight your work for the world to see. If you would like to have your student’s work highlighted as part of my presentation, send me your contact information and a brief description of your work by clicking THIS LINK.