Dear Educator — Has Your School Passed the Paper?
As a person who loves reading and writing, my life’s work would be incomplete without helping more students find the joy of writing.
You can’t just take what we’ve done for years in the classroom and take it online. Four years a go, I was taken through a course requiring us to “write across the curriculum.” The biggest problem: it was only designed for writing on paper. I had to do a lot of research to truly write across the curriculum in my classroom. This book is based on that research and experience. Learn from my mistakes and the best practices developed by me and other teachers as we helped thousands of kids collaborate and write together.
Reinventing Writing is designed for any teacher could use as a guidebook to implement the 9 ways writing tools have changed.
Thank you to the collaborative editors and beta readers who added their thoughts to this book. I hope you’ll enjoy, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads and connect with me to share what you’re doing in your classroom.
As always, I’m here to help you out — so give me a shout!
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
PS. Below the table of contents, I’ve put a contact form if you want to get in touch.
Reinventing Writing 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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What Experts Are Saying About Reinventing Writing
Learn simple ways to select the right tool, set it up quickly, and how to prevent common mistakes. (Save time!) It has never been easier, more convenient, and more important than right now! You can do this.
This book is a must-read for 21st century educators! In her new book, Vicki provides guidance for utilizing the exciting and interactive tools that are transforming the experience of reading and writing in this digital age. With Vicki’s encouragement and expertise, teachers will feel comfortable engaging in digital citizenry and eager to extend the invitation to their students. Angela Maiers
co-author of the Passion Driven Classroom @angelamaiers
Nine tools have changed everything. Any teacher learn how to use them. Anyone.
The content of the book would make a wonderful study group or PLC in any school district! Full of practical advice and technology guidance, Vicki’s new book, Reinventing Writing, crosses all the content areas. The consummate educator, Vicki’s experience provides the reader with ideas and tips for students to use technology tools to become better writers, more organized, online collaborators, and ethical users of online information. Each chapter is set-up in a way that gives the reader an introduction, a toolbox of online sites to try, and an FAQ of the common questions and concerns an educator might have. Kathy Schrock
@kathyschrock Author of Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators
Reinvent writing and reinvent your classroom. If you’re teacher who wants to modernize your classroom, this book is for you.
This is a terrific resource that will help new and experienced teachers update the way they teach writing. Vicki provides concrete suggestions for using technology to teach everything from simple note taking to collaborative essays. Readers will appreciate the practical tools that they can bring back to their own classrooms.Todd Whitaker
author of the bestselling book What Great Teachers Do Differently
Reinventing Writing is being published by Routledge Publishing and is available in many countries – search your favorite bookstore online. It will be also available in ebook format.
“Hopefully, with this book and other resources, you can learn from the challenges and obstacles experienced by other teachers attempting collaborative projects and create your own successful process. There is no better guide to the process than Vicki Davis and I say that as someone who has interviewed and observed dozens of wiki-using teachers.Justin Reich
Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow; Lecturer, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program; Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
“Vicki has captured what it means to write in the digital age. The tools, tips and resources she offers will help novice and advanced users alike. And the alignment to the Common Core and reflection questions at the end of each chapter is sure to be a help to every educator.”Steven Anderson