Recently I was asked to present to a professional development mini–lesson to our English department on how they could utilize technology when teaching writing. After a lot of brainstorming, I decided to break it down by the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing/proofreading, and publishing. For every step of the process, there are ways to integrate technology. Plus, many of these steps make the writing process more engaging for students, such as using comic strips to practice sequencing.

Below is the list of ideas and resources I compiled based on the writing process:

  1. PREWRITING
    1. Use mind maps for brainstorming:
      1. Bubbl.us
      2. Text2Mindmap
      3. SpicyNodes
    2. Research and collect information with Pinterest
  2. DRAFTING
    1. Practice sequencing through comic strips
  3. REVISING
    1. Revise overall content and word choice with word clouds
    2. Have students edit their diction with the online Visual Thesaurus
  4. EDITING/PROOFREADING
    1. Edit collaboratively online:
      1. Google Docs
      2. TypeWithMe
  5. PUBLISHING
    1. Create individual or classroom blogs:
      1. WordPress
      2. Tumblr
      3. Blogger
    2. Create individual or classroom websites
      1. Wix
      2. Weebly
    3. Create digital portfolios
    4. Create digital storybooks
    5. Send work to journals and magazines for publishing

I hope you found these ideas and resources useful! Happy writing and happy Monday to everyone 🙂

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2 thoughts on “The 21st Century Writing Process

    1. Unfortunately you are correct Julie, it looks like Google Wonder Wheel is no longer active!

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