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Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support Middle School Writing**
 
Course Description
    

Technology tools and web-based materials support teachers in meeting NCTE and ISTE standards for students in each stage of the writing process. These standards emphasize the appropriate use of writing strategies and technological resources to communicate with different audiences and with a variety of purposes. This workshop, designed to support middle and high school teachers of writing, will explore a range of web-based resources and exemplary projects that utilize technology to support these goals. Participants will learn about and experiment with technologies that can be used to facilitate each phase of the writing process (prewriting, writing, revising, editing, publishing, and assessment). Participants will complete the workshop with a collection of resources and a plan for a classroom writing project that attends to both technology and content standards.

**This course will require that participants hold WV certification and are employed as a classroom teacher.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Technology tools and web-based materials support teachers in meeting NCTE and ISTE standards for students in each stage of the writing process. These standards emphasize the appropriate use of writing strategies and technological resources to communicate with different audiences and with a variety of purposes. This workshop, designed to support middle and high school teachers of writing, will explore a range of web-based resources and exemplary projects that utilize technology to support these goals. Participants will learn about and experiment with technologies that can be used to facilitate each phase of the writing process (prewriting, writing, revising, editing, publishing, and assessment). Participants will complete the workshop with a collection of resources and a plan for a classroom writing project that attends to both technology and content standards.

Prerequisites

This is an introductory workshop for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.

Goals

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Learn how NCTE English Language Arts and ISTE Standards can be addressed with technology that supports the writing process;
  • Learn how online technologies can enhance each phase of the writing process—from brainstorming to publishing;
  • Develop a personal collection of web-based resources for curricular and instructional use; and
  • Develop plans for a technology-enhanced writing lesson that addresses curriculum and technology standards.

Assessment and Workshop Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions, each of which includes readings, an activity, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time for completing each session is estimated to be between four and five hours. Participants are expected to be engaged in course activities for approximately 30 hours during this workshop.

Participants will be assessed on their completion of a Final Project and their participation in the workshop’s online discussion forum.

Final Product

As a final product, students will develop a sample technology-enhanced lesson planfor their classroom.

Discussion Participation

Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of two substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and one that responds to an existing thread. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.

Session Overviews

Session One: Starting with the Standards: Technology Meets Writing

Participants will read excerpts from the NCTE and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards and consider connections between these standards and classroom examples that use technology to enhance the writing process. As an activity for this session, participants will explore at least two of the following classroom examples that use technology to support the writing process. Participants will also download the Writing Lesson Template and begin to gather resources for the final project.

Session Two: Technology That Supports the Writing Process: An Overview

Participants will read about the benefits of using technology to teach writing. Participants will explore many online resources that provide support for each stage of the writing process to see different ways in which technology can support a variety of writing types.  Participants will complete Part I of the Writing Lesson Template and include any resources found in Part VII.

Session Three: Pre-writing: Using Graphic Organizers to Visualize and Manipulate Ideas

Participants will read an article and review different graphic organizers that help users visualize and manipulate ideas in preparation for writing. For this session’s activity, participants will download a free trial of Inspiration and create a graphic organizer.  Participants will also complete Sections II and III of the Writing Lesson Template, continuing to make note of useful resources in Section VII.

Session Four: Writing and Revising: Online Tutorials, Mentors and Peer Editing

This session re-examines the editing stage of the writing process by exploring ways to incorporate technology and take the editing and learning process outside of the classroom. For this session’s activity, participants will explore a range of online resources to support the middle stages of the writing process.  The readings examine the benefits and importance of peer review and feedback.  Participants will complete section IV A of the Writing Lesson Template.

Session Five: Publishing: Creating an Authentic Audience and Purpose for Student Writing

Participants will read about and explore ways to find authentic audiences for their writing. Participants will choose to either set up a blog or use one of the resources in the explore section before completing Sections IV B and V of the Writing Lesson Template.

Session Six: Assessment: Online Writing Resources

Participants will read about the 6+1 Traits of Writing and consider the elements of effective writing, paying particular attention to ideas for instruction and sample rubrics. Participants will practice evaluating authentic samples of student writing for the activity and complete Section VI of the Writing Lesson Template to finish the course’s final project.  A final survey will complete the course.

Assessment

Specific questions about assessment, expectations, or requirements should be directed to the facilitator of this workshop.

ETLO recommends that the following criteria be used to determine successful completion of this workshop:

  • Participation in all session discussion forums;
  • Completion of the workshop’s final project, submitted to the facilitator and/or posted in the appropriate discussion forum; and
  • Completion of the orientation and final workshop surveys.

Discussion Participation
Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings, including one that begins a new thread and at least two that respond to an existing thread, in all session discussion topics.

Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Postings will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, overall quality, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone. These criteria are discussed further in the Discussion Board Expectations.

Workshop Activities
Participants are expected to complete the workshop readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Activities may include exploring websites related to workshop content, watching online video clips, using specific technology applications, solving problems, and working on the final project.

Final Project
As a final project for the course, each participant will develop plans for a technology-enhanced writing assignment that applies specific strategies for teaching writing in the content areas and that also addresses curriculum and technology standards. The plans should incorporate at least one of the technology tools explored in this course and include details for each step of the writing process (prewriting, writing, revising, editing, publishing, and assessment), and also include specific strategies to teach the technology to students. The project template and rubric will be provide to course participants. The project will be developed and submitted throughout the course sessions.

Workshop Surveys
Participants are expected to complete an orientation survey before the end of the Orientation session, and a Final Survey during the final session.

Copyright and Plagiarism: All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities.  All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project. 

Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion.  A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

The grade scheme for this course will be:
C = all work meets the guidelines provided
I = the work submitted is incomplete and/or does not meet the guidelines provided
N = no work has been submitted 

Certificates of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Teaching and Learning with Mobile Devices, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant as a file attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course. Certificates of Completion are not recognized as being an official course transcript.

Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University, West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

About this Course

This workshop was developed by EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center, Inc (EDC). EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.