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Writing for a Broader Audience


Anchor Standard

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

ELA Standard W.9-10.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

QuickWrite Activity

Differentiated Text

Jason Ohler: From Essay to Media Collage
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http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/beyondwords.cfm#visuallyDifferentiatedText


Writing projects created and published with digital media should include what is known as differentiated text or visually differentiated text (VDT).
Differentiated text includes the 7 B's as outlined by Jason Ohler:
  1. breaks - add blank lines between paragraphs by simple pressing return
  2. banners - my word for paragraph titles; introduce paragraphs now and again so that your writing is scannable
  3. bullets - using the bullet command in Word, blog editors, etc.
  4. boldface - boldfacing titles, etc.
  5. beginnings - providing the first paragraph of a longer piece and a link to the entire piece
  6. beyond monochromatic text - use text of a different color, but use it sparingly; avoid being "cartoony"
  7. boxes - easy to do in Word, but usually requires a little programming to do for web page development

Here are my ideas to augment those of Jason Ohler.
  • Hyperlinks
  • Bold headings and important words
  • Colors for headings at the same level of the outline
  • Embedded documents and multimedia
  • Italics rather than underlining (since underlining indicates a hyperlink)
  • No blue text (since blue text indicates a hyperlink)

Below you will see the contrast of visually differentiated text with the older style of text on a page, all one font, all one color, all the same.
Clearly, digital media tools allow for new and more visually appealing writing products.

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http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/beyondwords.cfm#visuallyDifferentiatedText

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Collaboration


Writing in a Digital World

Producing and Publishing with Digital Media: Multimodal Composition

Blogs and OpEd as Essays

Are blogs the new essays and informational texts? literary nonfiction?
Are editorials and opinion columns (non-syndicated and syndicated) informational texts? literary nonfiction?
Are online comments a new genre?


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Online Tools for Writing and Collaborating

How can students work individually or collaboratively on writing projects?
How can this writing be enhanced with digital media?

10 Tech Tools to Effectively Teach the Common Core Standards
  • Buhler Docs

Google Docs Foster Collaboration and Creation While Addresses Common Core Standards
Making the Most of Google Docs and Google Drive

Log on to Buhler Docs from the this link or the school web pages.
Every teacher and student already has an account (grades 4-12).
Create documents and presentations online.
Collaborate with others in creating documents and presentations.
Create flow charts and drawings online individually or collaboratively
Create websites with Google Sites.
Create narrated slideshows in Buhler Docs using Slide Rocket.
  • Log in to Buhler Docs and go to More.
  • Pull down to select Slide Rocket.
  • This will automatically create an account for each student.
  • Do not go to Slide Rocket directly. Always go through Buhler Docs.

  • Wikispaces Wikis

Create wikis for classes and individuals to share and collaborate.
Always begin at the Wikispaces link for educators to have ad-free wikis with upgraded features without cost.
Create student blogs using Google Sites, Edublogs, Kidblog, or Classpress.
  • Blogging with Google Sites
  • Blogging with EduBlogs
    • Edublogs Webpage
    • Free blogs may not serve our purpose. Consider getting an EDU license.
    • Students must be at least age 13.
    • Consider Laurian Williams' Edublog experiences from Summer 2012
  • Blogging with Kidblog
    • Kidblog Webpage
    • Set up classes with no age restrictions or student email addresses needed.
    • 200 students can be added per class blog.
  • Blogging with Classpress
    • Classpress Webpage
    • Set up classes with no age restrictions or student email addresses needed.
    • Students LOVE the features and fun effects provided.
    • Cost is $29.00 per teacher, but we have shared one Classpress account with 3 teachers at BHS.
    • No limit on number of students.

Narrated Images and Slides

Narrate essays and other writing products using these tools.
  • Slide Rocket in Buhler Docs
    • Log in to Buhler Docs and go to More.
    • Pull down to select Slide Rocket.
    • This will automatically create an account for each student.
    • Do not go to Slide Rocket directly. Always go through Buhler Docs

  • Voice Thread - BHS only
    • Log in to Buhler's EDU Voicethread at https://buhlerschools.ed.voicethread.com/
    • Students already have accounts created.
    • Upload images, PDFs, videos, etc.
    • Narrate each slide.
    • Look at examples from BHS and PHMS.



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Video Essays

Create videos based on essays and other writing projects.
Narrate by reading the work and illustrate with images or movie files in iMovie 09 (Macs) or Moviemaker (Windows PCs).
Some video essays rely upon images and captions rather than narration.

Research Ideas and Alternatives to Notecards

Bonus Feature! Thinking Outside the Box Notecard...

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