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ICTs in English - ideas for short writing activities

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Started by Tessa Gray 15 Feb 2012 10:43am () Replies (1)

You might already subscribe to the ICT’s in English listserv, which is facilitated by Hamish Chalmers. Having another forum to discuss ways to integrate e-learning is invaluable, so I’d thought I’d make reference to them here too.

Recently a participant asked,

I am seeking short and cool English language ideas for students in years 6/7. I want them to complete a text a day. I'm looking for 50 ideas to stimulate short writing activities. Where to start? Any suggestions?


Some of the responses back were:

  1. Check out stickyball they have lots of good writing exercises and other quick  grammar, reading, etc. activities. http://www.stickyball.net/
  2. This might be a good place for inspiration, with lots of ideas you could adapt to your needs/level "55 Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom"
  3. Tom Barrett's interesting ways are all worthy of exploring and sharing, you can find more here http://edte.ch/blog/interesting-ways/
  4. How about this - Telescopic Text. Some of our year 4/5 kids used it last year, was lots of fun! Read one here. Write your own here - you will need to register in order to save your stories. 
  5. Experiencing Poetry through Matariki
  6. Inspirations for writing: You can use these images to provide ideas and inspiration for writing in your classroom. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/contents_writinginspiration.htm
  7. Ideas for writing: There are some more writing ideas here from http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/ and https://docs.google.com/a/core-ed.ac.nz/present/view?id=ddf8kn4m_59zqzbv9gs
  8. Senior literacy progressions:  Direct links between literacy progressions and e-learning tools has been compiled here by BOP e-learning teachers: http://elearningbop.wikispaces.com/Senior
  9. Ways to publish writing: Cogdogroo has 50 ideas on ways to publish writing/stories using Web2.0 tools: http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
  10. Repository of English resources: Digistore has a huge repository of support material to help teach English (you will need a log in to access these) http://digistore.tki.org.nz/ec/browse?topic=English
  11. e-Learning literacy games: A collation of literacy based games can be found here - which also includes websites that encourage writers to collaborate online: http://www.netvibes.com/homegroups#Literacy_Games


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