10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing

“There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students.”

Up Your Exit Slip Game with Padlet

“Students can post and view content as a way to reflect on their learning. Up engagement, up the technology, Up Your Exit Slips!”

Using Instagram to Teach Poetry

“The genre of Instapoetry can be a useful tool for engaging students and improving their literacy and media literacy skills.”

K-W-L Creator

“K-W-L charts have been widely used to help students prepare for reading by organizing what students know (K) and want to learn (W) before they read and then reflecting on what they learned (L).”


“A user-friendly search engine that does not keep track of searches and promotes online privacy.”


“Newsela is a news and nonfiction website that adapts its content to the reading level of students while empowering them to adjust the complexity of the text.”

Stay On The Path

“A series of resources that aims to promote and encourage ethical online behaviours and digital citizenship with young people.”

Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process

“This lesson models an information-gathering process for primary learners as they listen to and look at resources, seeking information pertinent to the questions on an information wheel. “

So Many Choices

“This lesson introduces the students to the first steps in finding information on the Internet.”

Tablets and The Inquiry Process Search Note Taking

“Elementary school students learn how to research using tablets and The Inquiry Process. This video shows the students using the tablets to take notes either through a diary app or using a QR code generating app.” To find the accompanying videos, type the word ‘tablets” into the seach bar.

Taking Notes for Research in Elementary School

“This video is part of the material for the plagiarism and copyright. Special thanks to the Redpath Museum for the use of their document, Sara: The Biography”

Ten Active Learning Strategies Using Word Clouds

10 ways that you can use word clouds in your classes to engage students directly in the learning process.

How To Plan When You’re Searching the Internet

Suggestions “to students that they think of keywords that they would like to see on the page and shows them how to exclude unwanted websites.”

I Heard It ‘Round the Internet: Sexual Health Education and Authenticating Online Information

“Students learn to search more effectively online while searching myths on sexuality and contraception and then evaluate the resources found.”

Integrating Research Techniques and Technology

“Students first read graphic novels to become familiar with the text structure, then research a self-selected topic using web-based resources. Students follow the research process and synthesize the information they obtained to create their own graphic novel.”

Sharing Information about Careers with Infographics

“Students research specific careers based on their own interests and then report their findings to the class.”

Google Search Education

A variety of lesson plans, videos and activities to help develop student’s search skills.

Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers

“Students will research their topic and write a report to include information concerning the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why), then work together to discuss each invention and create a timeline showing the chronology of the inventions discussed.”

Travel Brochures: Highlighting the Setting of a Story

“Students create a travel brochure for locations in texts that they have read. The activity requires students to think about and collect the details mentioned in the text that should be highlighted and conduct additional research on the location as they design their own brochures.”

The Hero Project: Authenticating Online Information

“Students are introduced to Internet search skills through researching a personal hero.”

Research Building Blocks: “Organize This!”

“Students learn how to organize the information they found using sentence strips, so that they can create a plan to use their information.”

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