Chapter 7

Writing with Technologies

Planning, Organizing and Reflecting on writing through visual tools

Components of the writing process:

  • Setting goals
  • Planning
  • Idea organization
  • Composition of text
  • Editing



  • Plan and organize writing using "concept mapping" software tools; tools that enable the student to identify important concepts, arrange them spatially and identify the relationships among those concepts.
  • Concept mapping can function as an effective intentionally planning tool and analysis tool, by providing a visual representation of how ideas are interrelated.
  • Concept maps are perfect in helping to generate and organize ideas for writing.


  • Created using an online tool called "Wordle". These word clouds are made up of text, creating images based on the frequency of each word provided by the user. The word used the most is shown in a large font, while the other words used the least surround it in smaller fonts.
  • A great tool to be used for reflection and conversation about the text (not to be used as the only tool)
  • Recent survey concluded that appx. two-thirds of Wordle users "learn something new" about the text by using Wordle; with over half confirming their understanding of text
Wordle Tutorial

Publishing creative writing with technology

  • "Society of authorship": Any person with Internet access can contribute his/her ideas to the body of material on the Internet.
  • 64% of teenagers have participated in at least one content-creating activity online; 28% having created their own online journal or blog
  • Publishing work for public access inspires many students to take their work more seriously, engaging in a higher level of reflection about their work

Creative writing tools

Writing Collaboratively

Collaborative writing is the joining of multiple people in creating material.

Types of collaborative writing include:

  1. Intensive collaboration - texts are create by a close knitted group of people
  2. Significant writing - done separately with writers having limited collaboration
  3. Sequential group - done via a sequence of activities


  • Positive relationships among classmates
  • Increased participation
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • "Cross culture fertilization" when students of differing backgrounds and cultures collaborate

Why incorporate technology in the writing process?

These tools allows for writing to actually be fun (or more fun for those of us who enjoy it already!) for students. The use of technology provides students with support and structure for different writing activities using different techniques and tools.

Technology + writing = engaging!



Howland, Jane L., Jonassen, David H, and Marra, Rose M. Meaningful Learning with Technology. Boston, MA: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, 2012. Print.