MISD Digital Writing

Podcast Tutorial:

  • Planning:
    • Script
      • outline of main points
      • conversational tone
      • include tags for who is saying each line
      • transitions / transitional phrases
      • Make sure that everyone’s voice is equally heard throughout the podcast
    • Equipment:
      • Avoid using your computer microphone.
      •  Recording with the built-in mic on your headphones will improve audio quality.
      • Make sure your mic is below your mouth and a bit to the side.
      • Don’t speak directly into the mic.
      • Make sure you watch the audio levels as you record. You don’t want your levels to be too high (too loud) because the quality will sound bad and if they are too low, it will be too soft.
    • Environment:
      • Try to record in a quiet environment.
      • Check out the environment before you start recording and listen for any background noise such as fans, air conditioners, printers, washing machines.
      • Avoid recording in environments with hard surfaces since they can cause an echo.
      • If you can’t find a quiet place to record, you can always find a small space to record in with a blanket over your head. It sounds weird, but it works.

  • Recording:
    • Take a sample recording before you start your interview. This will allow you to check the volume, as well as make sure that everything is working/saving correctly.
    • Keep all of your files in one place and make sure that folder is backed up to something like Google Drive, TCU Box, etc.
    • Can record in-person or virtually
    • Make sure you check your files after you are done recording


“Teaching Research Skills in Today’s Digital Environment”

“The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing Is Taught in Schools”

“How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

“Technology Is Changing How Students Learn”

10 – 10:45

Digital Invention/ Collaboration/ Drafting (Carrie?)

Jason Helms activity? [Jackie]

Norms for Collaboration (what’s [un]acceptable), Protocol/ Guidelines


Finding backdrafts

Practice Drafting/ Collaborating

Share assignments in Google pages

Peer response




10:45 – 11:00 am


11 – 12:00 pm

Digital Commenting/ Feedback (Jackie + Carrie Backup?)

Teachers respond with digital comments

Audio comments

Example text to play with

12 – 1:00 pm

Lunch break

(Lunch in Reed 125)

Introduce spring goal of digital portfolio—digital publication for students


Blogger & Writing for Online Audiences (Jackie + Curt for Backup)

Objectives (what we can learn as writers)

How to fit in with course goals

Sample student work [text-based but show example of how this would work with a video or podcast project]

Example: http://thedaringenglishteacher.blogspot.com/


Workshopping Assignments

Learning outcomes [LA + digital learning outcomes]

Revise assignment/unit for Google classroom [include evaluation rubric]

Make an example of what you want students to create.


Final Reflection

· Presentations (volunteers)

· Going forward—group blog/ Google page to share resources.

· Workshop evaluation



Coffee, Pastries, and Fruit (Reed 125)


Research as Creative Inquiry

  • Why ask students to do research? To write about their research? Discuss motives for research.
  • Activity Choose one of these scenarios to write about for 3 minutes. What research question emerges from your writing?
  • You fell in love with books when you first learned to read. Reading because a treasured leisure-time activity. Then you entered the teaching profession because you discovered that you could be paid for reading and talking about books! Except. . . now that you are in the classroom, you face a variety of other demands on your time as a teacher of English. And now the school district has provided these digital tools for you to use.

  • You lead a vertical team of English Language Arts teachers from grades 6-10. You realize that face-to-face meetings are not always possible, but you need to communicate information about innovations and curriculum to your team members.

  • Communicating with parents, members of your building administration, and your central office admins takes a bigger and bigger chunk of your time. In addition, you want to provide a way for your students to access assignments and submit work on their summer reading in the two weeks before school starts and then throughout the semester.

  • Resources:


“Developing a Research Question” Steely Library, NKU





Research Process: Finding and Evaluating Sources

  • What do students need to learn about using sources?
  • Using primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluating sources:
  • Activity: Use Wikipedia, Google, and an academic database to find and evaluate sources related to your research question. Based on your experience, what is important for students to know about finding and evaluating sources?
  • Resources:

WikipediaGoogleTCU Library databases

“Thinking about Credibility”

How to Evaluate Research Sources 

Annotation Studio

Word Insert Comment

Evaluating Sources (CRAAP) 


Lunch (Reed 125)


Using Sources/Composing Research

“6 Inexpert Uses of Sources” (from handout above)

“Helping Students Compose Research: Entering the Conversation” (from handout above)

“They Say / I Say” Sentence Templates

Le Quote Sandwich 


Communicating Research

  • Presentation Design
  • Infographics
  • Video
  • Activity: Compose a brief video that offers a response to the research question you posed at the beginning of the workshop. Your video should include 5 images, some text, and music.
  • Resources:

“Digital Storytelling” (Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything)

“Research on Digital Storytelling”

“Digital storytelling timeline creation”

Additional Resources:

Additional Audacity Tutorials from YouTube:

Andrew Mercer’s Audacity Tutorial Playlist



Garage Band Tutorial:

For those of you who might prefer working with Mac products, we’re happy to share this video tutorial thanks to our Spring 2017 Intern Aubrey Fineout,

How to Record Audio with Garage Band:

Additional Resources:

Royalty Free Music


Music Screen

Royalty Free Sound Effects

Sound Bible

Free Sound