I am often asked, ‘how can I motivate my students/child to write more?’ It’s no secret that the more children write the better they will become. It is also true that the more authentic the writing is the more effort is put into it as well. We know ourselves that when we are sending an email out to our supervisor, or writing a reference letter we are very motivated to make sure it is well written. Audience does matter, with our students as well as our colleagues.
The best way to have students care about their writing is to give them authentic writing tasks. Here are some ideas:
- ePals– having students communicating to other students around the world through email. ePals helps you connect with others and sets you up with student email accounts that are walled (secured).
- Write scripts for podcast ‘radio shows’
- Digital storytelling projects can be done with almost any topic/content. Students could write a memoir and turn it into a digital story using PhotoStory, Movie Maker, iMovie, or any of the free photo/video tools on the web.
- Writing their own storybooks to publish online and print out
- Creating ‘how to’ tutorials to share with a global audience (could publish on a wiki or website)
- Have digital conversations through blogging
Do you have ideas on other authentic digital writing projects? Add them here and share them with others.
This digitally writing series will continue with:
Part 2: Digital Story tools (tools online where students create stories within the website)
Part 6: Student Publishing Sites
For more information on digital storytelling check out the following posts: