It's a conundrum. Students need to write. A lot. And writing experts agree that the best way to improve one's writing (and the critical thinking skills that go along with it) is to revise the same piece multiple times.
Yet we teachers also have to balance that necessary revision with the other equally important content and objectives, all in a short space of time.
Barring time travel, it isn't possible to completely remove that tension. But I discovered through experimenting in my English 9 classes last year that our tech tools can help reduce it significantly. As an example, the following is the process I used for an essay assignment during a poetry unit last spring.
Given that this was a new process, we of course hit a technical snag once in a while. But my students were great sports, and in the end, the we all agreed that the benefits of using the tech tools were worth any minor frustrations. Those benefits included:
Will this work for everyone? No. It's important for each teacher to make the choice that will best serve her students and work with her methods. But I hope my experience will encourage those who are interested in trying the paperless route.
"I am passionately curious..."
Albert Einstein called himself this, and I love the idea. I too am passionately curious about what other great minds are creating and sharing. I have curated here some thought-provoking resources to assist our amazing SMA faculty as they progress in their 1:1 iPad journey.
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