Creating a Community of Writers Using Technology

Workshop #3 in the Tech for Teachers series
Originally created by Aram Kabodian ( )

March 7, 2008
MACUL Conference in Grand Rapids, MI
Presenter: Aram Kabodian

Workshop Description and Goals:

Technology can be most useful when it builds and deepens the community of writers in a classroom. This workshop will explore how blogs, wikis, Google docs, and online magazine (eZines) can assist teachers in that community-building task. Facilitators will share examples of these technologies and discuss how they use these technologies in their classrooms. Teachers will have time to brainstorm how technology could build community in their classroom. Finally, teachers will experiment with building their own blog and/or wiki, and practice creating Google documents.

Workshop Activities:

  • Opening 30 minutes:
    • Activity 1 (5 minutes) --- What does a community of writers look like? How do you envision a community of writers? Share responses
      • group of people putting down their thoughts
      • different ages and backgrounds and experiences
      • common interests, topics
      • collaboration of resources
      • thread of understanding

Activity 2 (5 min.): Show “10 ways to use your edublog to teach” and see where the overlap is between the community of writers quick write and the 10 ways.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Strand 1: Writing, Speaking, and Visual Expression
    • Standard 1.2 – Use writing, speaking, and visual expression for personal understanding and growth.
  • Strand 2: Reading, Listening, and Viewing
    • Standard 2.1 – Develop critical reading, listening, and viewing strategies.
    • Standard 2.2 – Use a variety of reading, listening, and viewing strategies to construct meaning beyond the literal level.
    • Standard 2.3 – Develop as a reader, listener, and viewer for personal, social, and political purposes, through independent and collaborative reading.
  • Technology Standards
    • Basic Operations and Concepts
    • Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
  • Technology Communication Tools