“You have a story to tell…” with technology

OCTELA conference Mar. 1st, Saturday 2:10-3:00


You have a story to tell with technology OCTELA

Donald Graves knew that children want to write and have a story to tell.  In today’s digital world, children still have a story to tell but with new tools technology offers, that story can be told in so many different ways and platforms.  Explore new ways to grow writers using digital literacy to motivate.



Projection capabilities allow us to look at actual student work.  GREAT for modeling and “celebrating” what our students are doing well.  Also great for those “teachable moments”!  Using a camera on a device allows us to share work quickly for commenting and collaboration.




We took the concept of “Blizzard bags” to a whole new level using a FREE online resource: www.nowcomment.com


Give online assignments with Edmodo and use great tools like the “Rank and Reason” app!


Super tools to get kids exploring our language and working with words!  Check out Jonah and Jonathan‘s “How to use Educreations” videos!


And another creative way to get kids writing about the apps they use is to have them evaluate!  Here’s the tool we use in our classroom:  App evaluator

My students have stories to tell!  Check out our “passion projects” at:

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ISTE standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.



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