Writing with Technologies

Using Concept Maps and Blogs

Writing is composed of:

  • Setting Goals
  • Planning
  • idea Organization
  • Composition of Text
  • Editing

Visual Organizers or Concept Mapping

Brainstorming before you write is a commonly accepted part of writing. Computers can make this easier by using valuable websites. Pictures showing different ideas allows for the students to mentally break it down.

Posting Writing with Technology

Web Logs or Blogs for short engage and support meaningful communication and feedback among students. Students are allowed to comment and engage in a dialogue instead of a one sided monologue.

Benefits of using Blogs in classrooms:

  • Providing the classroom experience beyond the "walls" of the classroom
  • Posting on a blog may appeal to different learning styles
  • Blogging could enhance the expertise of the blogger on a targeted subject
  • Blogging and the evidence of outside readers and their comments can be motivating to writers.
  • Promoting self and critical reflection
  • Promoting collaboration
  • Development of virtual communities between learners

Successful Collaborative Writing Tips

  • Structure activities at the beginning of the project to build cohesion among the collaborators and to establish positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Help the collaborators work out effective meeting or working procedures.
  • Establish the expectations for participation in the project before it begins.
  • Pay attention to the students who are more susceptible to marginalize, isolate, or be left out.
  • Have students use the collaborative writing software for a "test" project before embarking on a major collaborative writing task.