All posts by Andrew Steinman

Individual Exploration Activity Reminder

Hi Everyone,

Craig and I are excited to meet with all of you again this Thursday.

We know it’s been a while since we last met, so we thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick review of the individual exploration activity we asked you to complete between last session and this Thursday.

  • Since we are using  Google Classroom for this session, we asked you to explore using this tool with your students. We hope you had a chance to do this. If not, there is still time!
  • Using Google Classroom, we asked you to complete 1 digital writing activity with your students.
  • After this activity, we asked you to reflect on the implementation of your digital writing activity and identify areas of success and challenge.

We will discuss your individual exploration activity (and more) at our next session on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you then!

– Andrew and Craig

Ideas for Implementing Collaboration and Peer Production with Writing

In our Understanding Digital Literacies session, participants were asked to share their ideas for ways teachers can implement collaboration and peer production with writing. Below are some of their responses to this question. As you think about incorporating digital literacy into your classroom, consider what is shared in this blog post.


“I am thinking that when students create a writing whether it be Narrative, Opinion, or even Research it would be really helpful to have peers comment on it and make suggestions for help.  The peer editing piece would be much more purposeful as each student’s comments would be logged and the teacher can see if all students are weighing in.  Also, each student gets much more assistance with their work than just 1 person commenting.”


“I read Teaching Quality Commenting Skills which explains how to teach students how to write comments when responding to blogs. The five main suggestions in the short video in the article are:

  1. Compliment the writer in a specific way.
  2. Add new information.
  3. Make a connection.
  4. End with a question.
  5. Proofread your comments.”

“I have used KidBlog and it was a great tool to get students to write. They loved responding to each other. I like the idea of modeling writing through blogging. It makes it more authentic to our digital generation of learners.

I also like the idea of using PodCasts to record students reading. What a great way for them to “hear” how they read. Do they use expression? Do they have great fluency? It is also a great way for parents to be informed on how well their child is doing in their oral reading.

The final idea I would like to try is using PodCasts to have students orally tell their stories. Too many times they lose their ideas because they are too bogged down with the physical writing portion. By recording it, they can listen to their ideas and ideas of others, before they start the writing portion. What a great way to collaborate with others to improve their writing!”


“I have used collaboration with writing in the following ways:

  • Students create a PSA (print, audio, or TV).  They used both google docs and canva.org to create print PSA’s.
  • I have used Google docs to comment and give feedback during the writing process.  I prefer sitting side by side, but this gives students immediate feedback and a conversation starter for the one-on-one conversation.
  • Teachers can use the collaboration for presentations and PD”

“We use both weebly and kidblog in our building. Both are easy to use for both teachers and students.”

LCN Digital Literacy Reminder / Preview

Hi LCN Digital Literacy Members,

Our next meeting is this week, and we want to remind you of a couple things. One, please bring your book. Two, please complete the personal exploration activity that we ended with in January (if you haven’t already done so). This is important as the start of this week’s session will build off of your responses. Here are directions for those who need it.

  1. Go to Google Classroom
  2. Login using your Kent ISD account
    1. U: firstinitiallastname@kentisd.org
    2. P: kentisd16
  3. Go to Session 3 Personal Exploration Activity
  4. Respond to the prompt on how your learning in the session so far has impacted your work.

Unfortunately, Andrew and I will not be there this week because of a scheduling conflict with the MACUL conference. As a result, we are taking the opportunity to flip our session so that you can continue learning in our absence.

We have recorded a welcome video and a clear set of instructions to guide you through the steps, and we are confident that it will provide you with a quality learning experience. In addition, Wendi Vogel will be there to help facilitate the activities.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Again, we apologize for not being there. We hope you enjoy the day and trust that you will.

Craig and Andrew

Digital Literacy Webinar on December 3

Hello Everyone,

I was informed of an upcoming webinar on digital literacy and wanted to share this opportunity with all of you. Please view the details below and click on the link to learn more.

Digital Literacy: The New Urgency
From Online Assessments to Digital Citizenship, Creating a Continuum of Instruction
Presented by Mary Knight, Director of Technology, Flagstaff Unified School District, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Click here to learn more and register for free.

Blogging in the Classroom Check-in

Hello Everyone,

We hope everything is going well.

Craig and I wanted to check in with you all regarding your Individual Exploration Activity. Since Wednesday, Oct. 22 is not a typical LCN day, we will not be meeting in our book study groups. For this reason, we have extended the due date for this activity until the next LCN date, which is Jan. 8.

As a reminder, the instructions for your Individual Exploration Assignment are listed below:

  • Read chapters 1-3 (p. 9-31) of Making Connections with Blogging
  • Choose one of the chapters to reflect on in your blog
    • Write a blog post that addresses the following questions:
    • What were your assumptions before reading this chapter?
    • Describe the new things you learned from this chapter that either confirmed or challenged your previous knowledge about the topic?
    • How will reading this chapter change your instructional and/or reflective practice?
  • Post a link to your blog post here

We look forward to seeing you all at LCN on Wednesday!

Welcome to Blogging in the Classroom

Hello and welcome to the LCN Blogging in the Classroom Group Blog.

We are excited to facilitate this group as we see much potential and possibility with blogging in the classroom. This is the place where we will model different ideas and communicate with participants in ways that can be applied to your teaching practice.

For an introduction, we would like you to reply to this post with a comment that includes the following:

  • Name
  • Where and what you teach
  • Why you signed up for this group
  • Which animal you would be if you could be one.

See our comments below for an example, and think about how you might do something like this with your students.