Rocket-Fueled Writing

The Power of Digital Communication & Collaboration

Connected Writing

Voices of student writers are fueled and amplified by the power of digital communication and collaboration. Students can use stages of writing process and a range of digital platforms to build a connected writing community--moving beyond passive consumption to creating digital content themselves. Audience expands when connected to each other’s ideas in online dialogue and exchange of comments about their shared work. Learning goals can include digital writing to reflect and improve, to narrate, to inform, and to present new knowledge from research projects and from classroom learning across curriculum. Critical thinkers have ongoing discussion and reflection about what makes a quality constructive comment and how we can help each other revise and improve our content, organization, word choice and writing conventions. Connecting writers through digital platforms creates ownership and motivation for writing and impacts 21st century literacy development.

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Slide Presentation:

Introduce yourself & share ideas for integrating technology & writing!

  • HERE you will find a Padlet board session space.
    Post a digital sticky note by double-tapping anywhere on the page.

  • Introduce yourself and share how you might incorporate these technology tools with writing & curriculum learning with your students.


1) Identify potential digital writing platforms and tools in order to create connected writing community in elementary classroom.

2) Learn instructional strategies for technology integration toward development of 21st century content creators and communicators.

3) Explore examples of digital writing projects.

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Storybird reverses visual storytelling by starting with images and "unlocking" the story inside. Students can create unlimited art-inspired picture books, longform stories, and poetry. Student privacy is protected. Social interactions are classroom-contained. Storybird provides a platform for engagement and development of enthusiastic readers, writers and digital citizens.

First, read & explore some Storybird Examples before writing and creating one yourself:

1. A Cat-tastrophe 2. Hope 3. 7 Ways to Survive School 4. Not-So-Messy-Maxine 5. Free to Choose 6. Don't Judge a Book 7. Silence 8. First Day of School 9. Walter Smells the Sun

10. Can't Say Can't 11. If I Were a Cloud

Classroom Examples:

KIDBLOG provides a safe & simple publishing platform for students to share their voice with an authentic audience.Teachers can efficiently manage students' posts and comments through an easy-to-use dashboard and secure classroom blogging space. The process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and commenting is foundational and Kidblog facilitates feedback and moderation throughout each stage.

Hubcamp Class Code: jjqusep

-- > HUBcamp KidBlogs

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Biteslide Slidebooks are a way for kids to express their ideas, share research, develop their creativity, collaboration, communication. Flexible, versatile, easy-to-use tools provide a safe and secure outlet for student voices in a digital environment.
Explore! Add slides, text, images, & extras in BiteSlide DEMO
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Technology tools provide opportunities for differentiation, personalization, and flexibility in product creation and presentation. Students can choose from a range of presentation and storytelling platforms to represent their research and share online with diverse audiences. Expression styles may combine text, hyperlinks, images, video, and audio together. With teacher guidance, can choose from a menu of options that connect to identified standards and written expression.