Great Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching and Learning

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1- E paper and e books

  • Do students know how to find and download books?
  • Do students know how to open epapers?
  • Can students print to e paper?
  • Do students know how to annotate?
  • Can students extract their notes and put in their notebooks tool?

Five most popular e book readers

10 places to find download and read free or inexpensive ebooks             

6 easy ways to publish ebooks

2--Digital Notebook

  • Do students know how to take notes?
  • Are they transliterate in multiple media?
  • Do they know how to organise and retrieve?
  • Do they know how to capture?
  • Do they know how to share?

Popular notebook service

Recommendation for reinventing writing through notebook

  • Select an official notebook service for your school
  • Connect students and teachers
  • Share notes
  • Learn to capture, annotate and find
  • See if students can find notes at a later stage

3- Computational thinking and productive note

Teach students to connect services and automate things

Social Bookmarking

Recommendation for Reinventing Writing Notecards

  • Set up a bookmarking group for each class
  • Set up a ‘tag dictionary’ for common topic for the term
  • Install the Diigo plug in to add more features to websites

4- Cloud syncing

Popular cloud services

Dropbox, Google Drive, one drive

  • Do you know how to save to the cloud?
  • Do you know how to get files?
  • Do you know how to move files?

Dropbox: did you know

  • You can connect to your students  and share files
  • Dropbox is a great way to share videos
  • You can create your folder people can upload using
  • Sortmybox will help you organise and move your dropbox materials
  • Jotform sends forms straight to Dropbox
  • Automate Dropbox with IFTTT
  • You can create a website from a dropbox folder using site44      

Google Drive: Did you know

  • You can install Google drive like dropbox folder
  • You can set up shared class folders
  • Google drive can link with other services like we video

On Drive: Do you know?

  • Integrated with office and windows 8 (no need to install)
  • If you don’t buy the service, only 3 students can sign-up per day
  • Free versions of word/excel/powerpoint/ available online with your files if you use it.

Recommendation for Reinventing Writing

  • Set up collaborative writing tools
  • Make sure teachers know how to give text voice feedback
  • Empower peer feedback
  • Train and connect everyone
  • Teach students and teachers to covert files of all types
  • Teach students how to convert and use many types of cloud tools.

5 - Cloud Writing Apps

Do students know?

  • How to collaborate and write together?
  • How to comment?
  • How to export, import and upload?
  • How to open on multiple platforms?
  • How to share?

Recommendation for Reinventing Writing

  • Set up collaborative writing tools
  • Make sure teachers know how to give text and voice feedback
  • Empower peer feedback
  • Train and connect everyone
  • Teach students and teachers to convert files of all types

6- Blogging and micro blogging (Twitter)

Do students know how to:

  • Write 1st person blogs?
  • Link contextually?
  • Cite sources?
  • Select graphics?
  • Are they transliterate?

Your blogging cycle should include interacting with posts and comments on other people’s  blogs.

Micro Blogging

  • Can students write short updates?
  • Do they know how to find conversations?
  • Do they know how to cite sources?
  • Do they know how to give credits?
  •  Do they know how to build their PLN?

Recommendation for Reinventing Writing

  • Set up a blogging platform for your students.
  • Encourage every feedback and connection
  •  Find a Quadblogging Group for every classroom in your school
  • Use microblogging to communicate and connect with the world
  • Give your classroom a public platform to share and connect

Favourite tool is Wiki

Do students know?

  • Write wikis 
  • Solve wiki wars
  • Cite sources
  • Embed
  • Use Discussion tab

Popular Wiki Website

Popular Group Website Creators

Did You Know?

  • You can use tags to organise.
  • You can set up private projects on wikispace even if your overall wiki in public.
  • You can have a free ad-free site if you are a K12 educator.
  • You can comment in-link like Google Drive.
  • You can use wikispaces classroom to monitor engagement live.

Recommendation for Reinventing Writing

  • Create a collaborative wiki community.
  • Write common information together with others with a different worldview.
  • Create a platform for student efolios.

7----Graphic organizers and mind mapping

Do Students Know How to?

  • Use mindmaps (Mindmeister)
  • Embed graphic organizers
  • Use tools appropriate to the task.
  • Principals of brainstorming

Reinventing Writing Recommendation

  • Teach prewriting tools and skills
  • Teach collaborative prewriting methods
  • Don’t forget prewriting
  • Embed prewriting documents in the final document
  • Include asynchronous partners in your communication.

8--Cartoons and Infographics

Essential Graphics

Did You Know

  • Captions under images are read 300 percent more than bad copy
  • Headlines placed below an image are ready by 10 percent  more people than headlines above
  • Never break the left margin
  • Images should either have: story appeal or demonstrate something


  • Teach students how to create and select images.
  • Encourage the use of infographics to tell stories.
  • Help students visually organise their efolios.
  • Follow and teach guidelines to promote readability.

9 - The Collaborative Writing Cloud

  • Wikis
  • Cloud syncing
  • Blogs
  • Cartooning
  • E paper
  • Social bookmarking
  • Collaborative notebooks
  • Collaborative writing apps
  • Grpahic organiser

9 Key P for safety success

  • Passwords
  • Privacy
  • Personal information
  • Photographs
  • Property
  • Permission
  • Protection
  • Professionalism
  • Personal Brand 

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