B2S Writing Idea and a GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, August 25, 2013 / 41 comments
Need some ideas to jazz up your Writing Workshop? Last year my kids LOVED these digital photos with writing prompt questions. Click the examples below to take you to the site that has many different examples:

Of course your students can record their thoughts in their writing journals and share with the class or small groups. However, my class had a ball virtually collaborating with each other through Today's Meet and Padlet.com. Today's Meet is a live streaming website that allows your students to post ideas and comments for others to read. It is very easy to use. Padlet is my favorite collaborative tool. You create a virtual wall that students post their responses to and can see everyone's work. Check these two examples of the same wall (you can see the variety of responses….):

When you sign into Padlet.com there is an option to sign in. You do not have to set up an account in order to use these virtual walls. Just click "Create a New Wall" and you are on your way! Walls can be customized by choosing different backgrounds, adding titles and choosing the layout. There are two different layout options: post it notes that appear randomly on the wall and the stream that adds posts below one another. They can be used interchangeably. Once your wall is created, you will see that it has its own link.
Give your students the link and it will take them straight to the Padlet wall you created. All they have to do is double click on the wall and their text box will pop up. They type their responses, click outside of the text box and BOOM, the response has been posted. In order to see everyone's responses, simply have them refresh the page. Both Today's Meet and Padlet become really "magical" when you have students working on computers in different rooms and yet they are still communicating with each other.

These Web 2.0 tools are very powerful when used correctly in the classroom. Students start to compare their responses to their peers' responses. They can easily tell who does the best job elaborating, answering the prompt questions and sticking to the conventions of writing. Looking at the wall above, "Sara" is every teacher's nightmare. No capitalization, doesn't address the prompt and doesn't put much thought into her response. Sara ends up being the one who is embarrased and wants to quickly re-do her piece of writing before others make comments. You, the teacher, didn't even have to say anything! Sit back and let nature take its course :) Will this always be the case? Probably not. However, I have seen it happen more often then not. Once the lesson ends, this wall becomes an excellent conversation topic. I never address the "weaker" posts. Instead, I point out the stronger posts and we all "Ooooo and Ahhhh" over the students' writing. You can guess what happens the next time we do a similar activity. EVERYONE wants to write a post that is later admired by the whole class :) 
I am so excited to announce that Classroom Friendly Supplies has come out with a PRECIOUS PINK Pencil Sharpener. Even more exciting is that they are giving me one to giveaway to one of YOU. Of course you can have your choice in color but this pink sharpener is pretty cool :P Also, Classroom Friendly Supplies will donate $1 to cancer charities for every sharpener that is purchased. Head on over to their website to purchase one today! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN:
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41 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this pencil sharpener and have been wanting one forever!! Hope to win it this time!

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  2. Love this pencil sharpener! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  3. I would love the pink sharpener-it is sooo pretty!!

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  4. Have been wanting a red one, but to promote cancer charities pink would be great.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

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  5. Thanks for the link to the digital photos/writing prompts. I can definitely see my students being more motivated to write when using those.

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  6. I love this sharpener! I have been entering giveaways for it all summer hoping to win it. I think I'm going to have to break down and just buy it.

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  7. Excited about this giveaway! Thanks!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  8. Exciting giveaway. Love the new color. Your picture prompts for writing are awesome!!! Thank you

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  9. Thanks for the sharpener giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for the sharpener giveaway! I would love to win a pink one for my second grade classroom!

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  11. Love this giveaway! I would love a pink or black sharpener!

    Heather Haugen
    heatherhaugen@netzero.com

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  12. Pink one! Yahoo! Than you for the giveaway.
    Andrea
    aaparsons@hotmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love the pink one! I want to decorate it with paw prints to go with my classroom theme!

    Sarah

    sarahpeara@gmail.com

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  14. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. I love the pink sharpener! Thank you for hosting a great giveaway!
    Mihelle
    mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

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  16. So excited about pink! I hope they start offering other bright colors.

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  17. Dear Techie Teacher,

    Your blog is wonderful! I have been following for a short while and I already love your ideas! My students love using technology (then again, who wouldn't?) and this is such a great resource for me to better teach them!

    Keep calm and teach on,
    Sarah Beth White
    Miss White's Classroom

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  18. Great blog. Glad I found you. Would love to win that fabulous pink sharpener.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Heather White
    wingodingos20@gmail.com

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  19. I would love to win the pink pencil sharpener. It would match my pink room!

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  20. I have enjoyed your blog and your creations!!!
    I reallly want a pink sharpener!!!

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  21. This sounds wonderful! Thanks for a chance.

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  22. I love the pink sharpener! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  23. I'm very excited about the prospect of a pink one!

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  24. I have heard awesome things about this sharpener!

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  25. Love, love this PINK sharpener!!!!!!

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  26. I have heard great things about this sharpener and would love to win one! So glad they came out with my favorite color, PINK!!!

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  27. I really want one of these sharpeners!!

    Stephanie
    stephb_2001@hotmail.com

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  28. Added your giveaway to my Linky Party for the CF Pencil Sharpener giveaways on my homeschool blog.

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  29. Thanks for having this giveaway. I'd love to win this sharpener to see if it works as well as it does in the video!

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  30. I'm glad to have found you! :)

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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