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Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever / Edition 1

Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever / Edition 1

by Vicki Davis


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Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever / Edition 1

In this much-anticipated book from acclaimed blogger Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher), you’ll learn the key shifts in writing instruction necessary to move students forward in today’s world. Vicki describes how the elements of traditional writing are being reinvented with cloud-based tools. Instead of paper, note taking, filing cabinets, word processors, and group reports, we now have tools like ePaper, eBooks, social bookmarking, cloud syncing, infographics, and more. Vicki shows you how to select the right tool, set it up quickly, and prevent common mistakes. She also helps you teach digital citizenship and offers exciting ways to build writing communities where students love to learn.

Special Features:
• Essential questions at the start of each chapter to get you thinking about the big ideas
• A chapter on each of the nine essential cloud-based tools—ePaper and eBooks; digital notebooks; social bookmarking; cloud syncing; cloud writing apps; blogging and microblogging; wikis and website builders; online graphic organizers and mind maps; and cartoons and infographics
• A wide variety of practical ways to use each tool in the classroom
• Alignments to the Common Core State Standards in writing
• Level Up Learning—a special section at the end of each chapter to help you review, reflect on, and apply what you’ve learned
• Writing tips to help you make the best use of the tools and avoid common pitfalls
• A glossary of key terms discussed in the book
• Useful appendices, including reproducible material for your classroom

No matter what grade level you teach or how much tech experience you have, you will benefit from Vicki’s compelling and practical ideas. As she emphasizes throughout this essential book, teaching with cloud-based tools has never been easier, more convenient, or more important than right now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415732093
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/09/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,274,621
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Vicki Davis is the award-winning blogger known as Cool Cat Teacher ( She is a thought-leader in the field of educational technology and a frequent speaker at conferences. She teaches and directs the IT department at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Part I: Get to Know the New Writing
Chapter 1 - How Is Writing Reinvented?
Chapter 2 - Picking the Right Tool

Part II: The 9 Types of Tools
Chapter 3 - Reinventing Paper: ePaper and eBooks
Chapter 4 – Reinventing Notetaking: Digital Notebooks
Chapter 5 – Reinventing Notecards: Social Bookmarking
Chapter 6 – Reinventing the filing cabinet and inbox: Cloud Syncing
Chapter 7 – Reinventing Word processors: CLOUD Writing Apps
Chapter 8 – Reinventing Journals & Book Reports: Blogging and Microblogging
Chapter 9 – Reinventing Group Reports and presentations: Wikis and Website builders
Chapter 10 – Reinventing Prewriting: Graphic Organizers, Mind Mapping, and More
Chapter 11 – Reinventing Illustrations and scrapbooks – Cartoons and Infographics

Part III: Practical Ways to Implement the Tools in the Classroom
Chapter 12 – Reinventing Citizenship: Preventing problems by teaching students how to be good digital citizens
Chapter 13 – Making Your Job Easier: Building Writing Communities where students love to learn
Chapter 14 – Will it Ever Stop? Enjoying & relaxing in the new age of change with a timeless mindset

Appendix A – Quick Start Checklist (Putting it all together)
Appendix B – Common Core Standards Summarized
Appendix C – During Class Writing Checklist
Appendix D – Good sources of information to add to the Student PLN
Appendix E – Common Pages for Wikis and Websites

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A Must-Read for Educators! Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis.   Writing is being reinvented.  This does not mean you are irrelevant. - From Reinventing Writing by Vicki Davis Vicki Davis understands teachers.  She's a long-time teacher herself, runs an award-winning internet radio show called Every Classroom Matters and mentors hundreds of teachers through her CoolCatTeacher blog.  So it's no surprise that her book Reinventing Writing is tailored for the busy, dedicated teacher who wants to learn more about 21st-century digital tools but isn't quite sure where to start.  Vicki begins the book with these words of encouragement: The things you have been doing are important and have value. We just do it differently now.  The basic concepts you've always taught are still there; they're just being taught differently. Vicki helps readers find their bearings by showing how each digital tool in the book is analogous to a common writing tool that teachers already understand.  Paper has been reinvented as ePaper and eBooks. Notetaking has transformed from a three-ring binder to a digital notebook.  Index cards are similar to social bookmarking, and your trusty filing cabinet has been recreated as a cloud synching service. Remember when you first used a word processor? Now word processors have been reinvented as cloud writing apps that automatically save your work for you. The world of publishing student work has changed too. Students are no longer confined to writing journals or reports that will only be read by the teacher.  Now they can blog about their findings, so their research can be published for a much wider audience.  Group reports have always been a challenge, because it is difficult to tell how much each student contributes to the report. Now with the advent of the Wiki, students can write a collaborative report, comment on various sections and lines, and each student's contribution can be easily seen by the teacher through revision tracking history. Vicki introduces teachers to powerful pre-writing tools such as graphic organizers and mind mapping software.  She also explains how illustrations in the digital age now include powerful communication vehicles such as infographics.  She dedicates a large portion of her book to discussing digital citizenship - issues such as copyright and online student safety.  The final few sections of the book have great titles and equally great content: Making Your Job Easier: Building Writing Communities Where Students Love to Learn and Stay Sane, Stay Innovative: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Innovation in the Classroom. Reinventing Writing does not disappoint. It is deep enough to serve as a resource for the more tech-savvy teacher, yet is easy to understand and accessible enough for the teacher who is just starting out.  Each time Vicki presents a tool, she gives practical examples of how it can be used in the classroom.  She continually encourages her readers not to feel overwhelmed, to focus on learning only a few tools at a time.  I highly recommend Reinventing Writing for anyone who wants to learn more about 21st century digital tools.  This book definitely gets 5 stars!  - Kimberly Goh