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- Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
- Room 308
- Larissa Pahomov
- Affiliation: Science Leadership Academy
- Conversational Focus/Audience:
- High School, Middle School
- Conversation Description:
Essay writing at the high school level is often hindered by its traditional structure — students focus on meeting deadlines and page limits, with little attention given to improving or reflecting on the writing during and after the assignment.
This session will discuss how to use Google Docs and other tools to make the writing process more authentic and engaging. When students produce print essays, their work is often out of mind as soon as it is out of sight — turned in to the teacher or stuffed in the bottom of a backpack. When students have individual Google Doc accounts and in-school access to computers, their "Writing Doc" becomes a place where their written work lives and flourishes in a semi-public environment — an online portfolio where brainstorming, peer editing, revision, and teacher feedback can all take place and be documented over the course of the school year.
- Conversational Practice:
- The model used at SLA will be introduced, and then the template will be made available to attendees to play with. The session will then be a place to brainstorm different modifications and applications for this approach. The goal is for the group to further develop the model, and figure out ways to make it work in every environment.