Technology for TCs: An Advanced Institute for Writing & Technology

This is a series of five workshops offered to all interested Teacher Consultants who would like to learn more about emerging online technologies and their application to the teaching of writing. If you are a TC for the Northern Virginia Writing Project, please visit the website for registration information.

The series addresses these issues:

  • What are the differences among and implications for "Web 1.0," "Web 2.0," and "Web 3.0"?
  • How are the emerging tools different from one another?
  • What are some possible applications of these tools to the teaching of writing?
  • How do I decide if a given tool will be helpful in my classroom?
  • Are these tools bringing merely technical differences or fundamental changes?
  • What about issues of access, equity, technical competence, and safety?
  • Other issues the group feels are worth discussing ...

Participants work with these tools:

  • Blogs
  • RSS Feeds
  • Discussion forums
  • Wikis and Google Docs
  • Social Networking
  • Social Tags
  • ePortfolios
  • VideoCasts and AudioCasts
  • A few other tools and gadgets ...

Participants walk away with:

  • At least an introductory knowledge of the current online technologies.
  • An understanding of the major issues and concerns surrounding technology and education.
  • Resources to further develop your skill and understanding.
  • An understanding of how the NVWP site incorporates these tools to help you collaborate with other TCs.
  • The ability to create your own blog, forum, wiki, and other resources using a variety of options. (We will build at least one online resource/presence for you during the institute, depending on your interst and skill level.)

Notes for Participants

Review Checklist

The Big Picture

  • Safety & Integrity - teach students how to use the tools safely and with integrity; teach copyright and attribution standards; teach standard protocols related to each tool
  • Information Management - one of the most important skills we can help students acquire is the ability to safely and effectively manage the information and resources that technology makes available to them
  • Learning through Writing - forums, blogs, and wikis provide unique (and distinct) opportunities for students to develop their learning through writing towards an authentic audience; whether that audience is smaller (walled garden) or larger (open), the benefits exist in both situations
  • Community & Collaboration - as the world becomes "flat," we should help students to safely and effectively work in larger and larger communities, working to build collaboratively
  • Technology is Not All - it is (and should be) involved in the process, but is not "the thing itself"
  • Everything Changes - so keep thinking, evaluating, and adapting