10 Digital Writing Opportunities You Probably Know and 10 You Probably Don't

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  • Smruti m shetty

    Great information. I teach maths and I have a blog  http://mathsstudy.com . I will bookmark this page and share with my students

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  • http://colleenyoung.wordpress.com/ Colleen Young

    What about Storybird? Younger children would love this – all free and now with Teacher Accounts.
    I put some links together here.

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  • http://dsninja.com/ DSninja

    Not bad. You might add SoundSlides to your list. Also pretty cool.

  • http://dsninja.com/ DSninja

    Not bad. You might add SoundSlides to your list. Also pretty cool.

  • http://twitter.com/La_Zeta Zobeida Zoleto

    GReat stuff!

  • http://kenandkaren.wordpress.com/ Conchi

    Hi Tom,

    Really helpful post. As you said some I already knew about them but others are completely new for me and I would love to try them. There is another tool that is quite popular here in Spain where you can upload stories and activities related to them, best of all, it's free. Spanish teachers are uploading their projects and everyone is welcome to use them and contribute. It's called Jclic http://clic.xtec.cat/en/index.htm
    A nice example of what you can do with it, is the project Brown bear, you can find it by clicking in Library of activities, then Search activities and choose Languages/English/primary.
    Thanks for sharing those tools
    Conchi M. Tejada

  • http://twitter.com/sandynay Audrey Nay

    Great summary , Tom
    Thanks for collating

    Have you used tagul?
    Tagul – Gorgeous tag clouds
    Tagul is a web service that enables you to create beautiful looking tag clouds and embed it on your web page. very similar to Wordle but allows you to isolate each tag after created..
    cheers Audrey :-)

  • http://www.evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/ Eva Büyüksimkeşyan

    Very useful tools. thanks for sharing. To see some of my favourites here is also very good.

  • feargalhogan

    Great blog Tom. That is a fabulous reference point for anyone wanting to use technology to support learning, rather than learn ICT.

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  • julie

    Tom, that is a good list. I have used Wordle for character attributes of book characters. The piclit is really a good one. I have just recently discovered Glogster.com which is a type of scrapbooking. They have wonderful examples of literature and social studies projects that kids have done. There is an EDU version with no adds and they are all private. Besides book projects, they would make great e-portfolios for parent conferences when the children participate. They would be a great way for kids to showcase their work and also a way for parents to respond to their work. Keep keeping us informed!

  • http://www.hop2wilson.wikispaces.com Celeste

    Your first 10 reaffirm what I already use to help teach literacy in my classroom, while your second 10 are new to me and tools I will be looking into to spice things up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicholas

    Hey Tom,
    I am Nicholas from Nicholas’ Soccer Blog. I really like your blog. I think you put a lot of thoughtful effort into your posts. Do you have a favorite soccer team. If so, which team. I look forward to your feedback.

  • Michael

    Hey Tom! I have always wanted to do that.
    See you later.

  • http://3gk.blogspot.com/ Grace Kat

    Thanks so much for sharing your work Tom. Much appreciated.

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  • http://click-tic.blogspot.com/ Lola

    Hello Tom!
    This is a great list!
    I’m sorry. My english it’s terrible. But I will try to write.
    I use with my pupils Publisher. You can create a newspaper (We did one ” La Tijereta” published with the local diary), a calendar with photos or produced phrases by the Kids.
    I hope that my offer serves.

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  • Michael Coghlan

    Wonderful stuff Tom – thank you!

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  • http://educationalapp.com Educationalapp

    Fantastic post… Thank

  • http://www.toondoo.com Meera

    Hi Tom,

    This is a great list!

    You can also add ToonDoo, a free and easy-to-use comic strip creator with loads of cool features.

    To know more about ToonDoo in education, you can also write to us at the address mentioned in this contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

    ToonDudette from http://www.jambav.com

  • http://eastercarmuirs.edublogs.org/ Mr O.

    Great list Tom! Does exactly what it says on the (virtual) tin!

    PicLit and Woices are new discoveries to me.

    Will need to think this through for Reading also…


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  • http://literacyadviser.wordpress.com Bill Boyd

    Sorry Tom,
    That should of course say Tom!

  • http://literacyadviser.wordpress.com Bill Boyd

    This is a great list for teachers. Some I was familiar with and others I will definitely have a look at especially Strip Generator. I am working on a resource which looks at improving literacy through moving image.

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  • http://mrgranito.wordpress.com Mark

    Great list. Some I use. Others I’m planning to use. The strip generator might be my favorite.

  • http://www.thinkitinkitpublishing.com Alice Wilder

    This is a fantastic list! I just wanted to add another that you may or may not know of: http://www.thinkitinkitpublishing.com. We offer professionally illustrated wordless picture books in which kids write the stories and we publish them. The illustrations provide the scaffolding that many writers need as a starting point to express themselves. Thanks for this wonderful resource list!

  • Linda

    Great post – as we make slow steps to incorporating ict in literacy*, it’s good to see people constantly looking forward. Like Martin I’d not come across PicLits before – another idea to testdrive, thanks!

    *I was looking at one of the new Y5 literacy units with an LA consultant who has made huge efforts to overcome her IT reluctance to ensure that schools receive the right message about ICT. The unit suggests that children are introduced to new software (the example given is the Hot poatoes suite) and asked to explore and determine the purpose of the software, before writing a set of instructions for new users. I’m sure her reaction, of total bewilderment, isn’t untypical. Why not pick on something with the obvious appeal of Wordle, Toodoo or Pivotmaker – another opportunity to engage lost?

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  • http://willie42.globalteacher.org.au/ Andrew Williamson

    Hi Tom, Fantastic post! Our school year is just about finished so I have just tagged it to my delicious account for future reference in 2009. Comic Life is another amazing literacy tool http://plasq.com/comiclife. It’s not free we were lucky that it came with our iMac suite. Here are some student examples that I have posted on my blog. http://willie42.globalteacher.org.au/2008/06/25/finished-comics-on-cyberbullying/

  • http://www.thedigitalnarrative.com Martin Jorgensen

    A wonderful list Tom! I particularly liked PicLits.com, which I hadn’t come across before. Lots of potential there.

    Martin Jorgensen