Posted with permission, Joe Malley, Cheektowaga Central School District, Cheektowaga, NY
Writing teachers are familiar with the stages of writing: Brainstorming, Organizing, Creating a Draft, Proofing/Editing and Publishing. However, today, many teachers are embracing digital tools as part of the writing process. Blogs, wikis, digital storytelling, and Google docs have rapidly found their way into writing curricula. These tools do not eliminate traditional writing, but rely upon the use of good writing principals as the foundation for writing projects. Today, students embark on more collaborative projects, learn appropriate use and citation of other's work, learn how to critique and give feedback to peers and share their creation of personal accounts - all incorporating the basics of writing. This section is devoted to the tools needed for students writing in the digital world.