Writing Across the Curriculum

A Workshop by Wesley Fryer
Last updated Saturday, June 11, 2005

www.wtvi.com/teks/integrate/writing | June05 Blogs

Workshop Description:

Technology integration when it comes to writing is often thought of as just using a word processor to create a final draft, but it can and should be so much more! This hands-on session will focus on tools to use for effective prewriting, including Inspiration and MS Word. Novel ways for student writing and journaling, including "web blogging," will also be explored. All participants will start their own web blog, and alternate means for sharing student writing with others will be explored including email exchanges and student website showcases.


  1. Introduction and Philosophy
  2. Fundamentals
  3. Strategies and Technologies
    1. Inspiration Brainstorm
    2. Inspiration Export
    3. Research with Excel
    4. The Read/Write Web
    5. Bibliography / Source Citation Tools
    6. Interpersonal Exchanges
    7. Ethics and Online Safety
    8. Rubrics
  4. Usernames and Passwords

Results from 13 June 05 Workshop

Products from 11 June 04 Workshop


I. Introduction and Philosophy

An animated history of books! (From the BBC) www.bbc.co.uk/arts/books/historyofbooks/ (this website is apparently down temporarily or is being moved)

1. Be Authentic

2. Be Real World

3. Output as well as Input

4. Value Process as well as Product

5. Honor role/power of Images / Visualization

6. Learning: Experiential and Social

7. Inspire Creativity

8. Offer Choice

9. Be Passionate about Writing

10. Have Fun!


II. Fundamentals

  1. File Saving Basics
  2. Copy and Paste Instructions
  3. Copyright: "Copyright 101 for Educators: Winter 2003" - www.wtvi.com/teks/02_03_articles/copyright.html
  4. Internet Safety: GetNetWise - www.getnetwise.org
  5. Creating / Using Template Files
  6. PowerPoint Quickstart
  7. More basics: www.wtvi.com/teks/tools/basics.html


III. Strategies and Technologies

1. Inspiration Brainstorm

Inspiration Software: www.inspiration.com (Free open/source alternative: IHMC CmapTools - http://cmap.ihmc.us/)

  1. Inspiration Quickstart (3 pages)
  2. Tutorial from Inspiration.com (36 pages)
  3. "All About Me" Inspiration Sample Activity
  4. Inspiration Classroom Use Examples

5 Steps to Get Creative! (From the BBC Blast Website) - www.bbc.co.uk/blast/fivesteps/

2. Inspiration Export

See step 10 on page 3 of the Inspiration Quickstart.

3. Research with Excel

Search Engine Brainstorm

Research template files:

Locating Websites:

  1. Nettrekker: www.nettrekker.com (subscription-based)
  2. Questia: www.questia.com (subscription-based)
  3. www.wtvi.com/teks/tools/locating_websites.html
  4. Middle School Links
  5. Links for Elective Teachers


4. The Read/Write Web

WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia

2004 Word of the Year? "Blog!" - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4059291.stm

Blogs in Action by Alan November: http://www.novemberlearning.com/blogs/alannovember/articles/blogsinaction.aspx

Weblogged-ed: the read/write web in the classroom: www.weblogg-ed.com

Wesley's Weblog Index: www.wesfryer.com/blog


Blogger: www.blogger.com

Blogger Setup Tips:

Blogger QuickStart Tips:

Bloglines: http://bloglines.com/

Social Bookmarks: http://del.icio.us

Articles / Resources on Blogging

5. Bibliography / Source Citation Tools

Landmark Project Citation Builder: http://citationmachine.net

BibBuilder: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/bib_builder/bb-f3.htm

Suggestions for Works Cited: Grades 1-6 - http://nausetschools.org/research/works2.htm

Internet Citation Guides from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://memorial.library.wisc.edu/citing.htm

Writenote: www.writenote.com - Web based service for conducting and collecting digital research.

WriteNote screenshot

6. Interpersonal Exchanges

Judi Harris defines "Interpersonal Exchanges" as

those activities in which individuals communicate electronically with other individuals, individuals communicate with groups or groups communicate with other groups. Interpersonal Exchanges include: keypals, global classrooms, electronic appearances, telementoring, question-and-answer activities, and impersonations.

Samples of Interpersonal Exchanges are available: http://virtual-architecture.wm.edu/Telecollaboration/interpersonalexchange.html

7. Ethics and Online Safety

Online Safety is Vital: Students disclose more online than they should / is safe

Addressing Digital Dishonesty

8. Rubrics

Rubrics are essential to help both communicate teacher expectations about an assignment, as well as place tangible value on the process as well as the products involved instudent writing.

Rubistar is an excellent online Rubric tool: http://rubistar.4teachers.org

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Assessment Rubrics is also fantastic: http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/assess.html


IV. Other Resources

  1. Tools for the TEKS Mailing List: www.wtvi.com/teks/updates.html
  2. Telecomputing Projects Workshop: www.wtvi.com/teks/tcp
  3. Digital Dishonesty: www.digitaldishonesty.org
  4. Tools for the TEKS: Tools and Techniques: www.wtvi.com/teks/tools/
  5. Plainview ISD (Estacado JHS) 2003-2004 Technology Integration PD Resources: www.wtvi.com/plainview
  6. Miguel Guhlin's homepage: www.edsupport.cc/mguhlin/

V. Usernames and Passwords

Blogger: www.blogger.com

Bloglines: http://bloglines.com

Del.icio.us: http://del.icio.us

Rubistar: http://rubistar.4teachers.org



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