Let’s talk writing! I absolutely love to write (hence the blog), however, sometimes it can seem like a chore when I have to do it. Personally, I prefer to type in Docs and I find the act of typing engaging in itself. I feel the only way to really improve as a writer, is simply to write. However, with students, it can be challenging at times to motivate students to write. So, what can we do as educators to assist students with writing? And how can we make it easier for ourselves to look at writing? Well, let’s “dive in” and look below and see what we can find!
Docs as a Blog
I really like using the Titles and Headings options in Docs. It allows you to create a pretty neat product if you set it up just right. You can even make your Doc look just like a blog with monthly, themed, posts. I put an example video below! If you wish to use my template and modify it for your needs, please click here.
Google Blogger is a pretty cool app! You can find Google blogger by clicking here. Sometimes, we just need a cool tool to get students writing! Why not a blog? Google has a great help center, found here, that will walk you through how to create a blog!
Writing in LIVE time
As educators, it helps to have tools so see a student’s writing over time. There are some great tools that allow both teacher and student to see the progression!
See the progression of a student’s writing, or the collaborative efforts of a group write, by using the revision history found in the File Menu of Google Docs. This can be a powerful tool, and also a lifesaver especially if you accidentally have your own writing wiped out!
Draftback is a valuable Chrome Extension that allows you to see writing play out as a video from start to finish! You can install this extension by clicking here. To see how it works, check out the video below.
A live word count can help a student see the visual of his or her own writing. Analyze character count and length by turning on this great feature of Docs. You can find Word Count under the Tools menu.
Tip of the week
I love this post from Catlin Tucker which includes a “writing playlist!” It’s not a new post, but it’s new to me and a great resource! Click here to check it out!
What helps you as a writer? I left out many of my favorite tools I use since I could go ON and ON…Can you guess what they are?!
Take care, everyone!