1. Hicks created a Blogger’s Matrix that includes assessments for teachers to use with student bloggers in the classroom.
  2. MAPS, primary tasks of formative assessment:
    1. Mode and media: What genre am i attempting to write in and what medium (or media) will help me best convey my message?
    2. Audience: Who is the intended audience? What other audiences might I reach, intentionally or unintentionally?
    3. Purpose: What is my purpose? How does the broad choice of mode and media as well as specific choices about the topic, organization, and even words I use affect my purpose?
    4. Situation for the writer and the writing: What do I know about this topic and the digital writing tool I hope to employ? How much time and training might I need to create this piece of digital writing?
  3. "Writing isn't just scripting text anymore. Writing requires carefully and critically analyzing and selecting among multiple media elements." (Why Teach Digital Writing)
  4. Six Traits applied to digital writing video
  5. Traits of effective digital writers
    1. Determine what you already know and need to learn
    2. Read the directions
    3. Establish a purpose or a question you are trying to answer through your writing
    4. Ask others if you do not understand what you are supposed to do.
    5. Gather any tools, ideas, or materials you might need and determine how best to use them.
    6. Provide a quiet, studious environment in which to think, read and write.
    7. Establish appropriate and reasonable goals for the assignment, taking into consideration the demands of the text, your personal writing goals, and the time needed to write this particular text.
    8. Identify the type of text or genre so you know how to write it.
    9. Generate ideas using a range of strategies: these ideas involve not only the subject but strategies you will use to write it.
    10. Select an appropriate digital writing tool...
    11. Obey copyright laws.
    12. Cite source
    13. Create an appropriate file maanagement system
    14. Develop outlines, storyboard, cluster maps or other appropriate texts, especially when creating multimedia texts, that provide an overview of the project so as to plan accordingly and gather digital resources
    15. Choose digital writing tools that invite collaboration
    16. Check what you write against the assignment and the question your are trying to answer
    17. Check for understanding
    18. Make connections between your writing and your own experience/knowledge
    19. Ask questions to help you generate examples, details or connections
    20. Find supporting details for the ideas you explore in your paper
    21. Make notes and generate other possible approaches as you write.
    22. Evaluate and revise
    23. Illuminate the text by choosing multimedia, hyperlinks and other elements 
    24. Incorporate elements of design
    25. Incorporate feedback from others
    26. Reflect on principles about digital writing.

for student
self-evaluation as appropriate:
time to pause and reflect

  • How did you plan your project/piece of work?
  • What research did you do to inform your project/piece of work?
  • What help did you need and who did you get the most help from?
  • What two things did you most enjoy about this project? How well did your group work together?
  • What was the most difficult part?
  •  How did you feel about using this technology (confident, not confident etc)?
  • What facts or ideas really stick in your mind from this project?
  •  If you were creating something, did you think about who was going to use the piece after you made it? If yes, who was the intended audience?
  • What did you have to take into consideration when thinking about this audience?
  • What ideas were you trying to get across?

Paper Rater is a a free, web-based service that analyzes your writing and offers feedback on your grammar, spelling, and more Vast collection..

Checklist of Focus Correction Areas
Create your own checklist. Choose from a menu or correction areas or create your own. http://pblchecklist.4teachers.org/

Socrative free student response system.
The service allows teachers to post questions to students during a class and gather feedback through responses submitted from cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Socrative gives teachers a virtual room in which they gather responses from students. Students sign into a teacher's virtual room by simply visiting the Socrative website and entering the room number distributed by the teacher.

There are a variety of ways in which teachers can pose questions to students and gather their responses. The simplest way to pose a question is to simply ask verbally or post it on a whiteboard and then telling students to submit their answers. Teachers can also create quizzes ahead of time, store those quizzes in their Socrative accounts, and then make the quiz go "live" in the virtual room when they want students to take the quiz. Teachers can activate an instant feedback option so that students know when they have answered a question correctly or not.

121writing (pronounced "one-to-one writing") makes it easy for teachers to give high quality, one-to-one feedback on writing. For editing, teachers simply highlight text, hit record, and speak. No more pen marks and scribbling in the margins. Teachers can tag highlights with whatever they want to track at a micro level. Specific data on student performance is critical for all parties involved - students, teachers, and administrators.

  • Bernajean Porter’s “Digitales” Interactive Scoring> Guides for Digit...
  • Paul Allison's "Be a Blogger" Website
  • Intel Assessment Rubrics Go to Try it and then watch the animation for an overview
  • Entri Entri is a free collaborative tool for writing and sharing documents. Say you are writing an article for your blog and you want to share with your readers before you publish it to get feedback and allow changes.
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