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Presenter: Pam Krambeck, ESU#3

Description: Writing and technology can become a “dynamic duo” in the writing process. Come and see specific examples of how teachers are using tools such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs to research, review and revise in the writing process.

Techie Tool
How Can I Use this
for Reviewing with Students?


Web Site or
Application


Example

Wordle
Create a "Visual Thesaurus" of overused words using Wordle, MS Word, or another other word processing tool that will allow you to create visual posters that can be displayed around the room or in a "class reference" notebook.
Web Site Used/Referenced:

http://www.wordle.net

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Microsoft Word Art
Use MS Word to create "Word Art Banks" or "Electronic Post it Notes" of common editing corrections that you can "drag" on top of student writing.
Microsoft Word--this works in all the versions including cross platform versions (Mac and Win)
Try highlighting a word and "control click" it in MS Word--it will give you the option to look the word up for synonyms, definition, etc. (Great Party Trick)

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Text Analyzer
Use Text Analyzer to look at student writing visually and to analyze high frequency words, word counts, etc.
Web Site Used/Referenced:
http://www.usingenglish.com/resources/text-statistics.php
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Turn on Reviewing in MS Word
Turn on Reviewing Tools in MS Word.
Microsoft Word--this works in all the versions including cross platform versions (Mac and Win)
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Rubistar
Create a FREE account and create rubrics from scratch or use one that is available (such as the 6-Trait Rubric) and edit it to meet your needs.
http://www.4teachers.org
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Audio Files for Reviewing**
For students who have trouble putting words to paper--try recording their story or writing. Audacity is free and available for both platforms of computer (Mac and Win) or think about recording with an i-pod if one is available.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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