Saturday, February 2, 2008

Technology Toys & Tools



Last month when I was a presenter at NWRESA, I used this AVerVersion Document camera for the first time. After completing their "assignments" teachers used the camera to project their writing unto a screen so that everyone could comment on it. WOW! I found it to be a great tool for allowing everyone to give feedback to the writer who could then revise her work accordingly. I was impressed as I realized the classroom possibilities; little did I know about the range of technology toys and tools that can enhance writing instruction.

Spin forward two weeks. Today I talked with Steve Johnson, a technology facilitator who I met at NCCAT. He is writing the technology mini-lessons for the second edition of Teaching the Story. We are also writing a proposal for the National Gifted conference in Tampa next November entitled, "Beyond the Keyboard: Incorporating Technology into your Writing Curriculum." I am so excited about the possibilities that will open up as students use not only document cameras, but wiki's, MP3 players, Powerpoints, and a host of other technology that Steve is dreaming up to teach fiction writing. Stay tuned for updates!

For all of you who have already bought a copy of my book, I'll make sure that you receive these technology lessons also. Just e-mail me with and I'll pass your name along to Maupin House.

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1 comment:

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

So glad things are working out with Steve and the technology component of your book!