Powering Up the Writer’s Workshop---August 11th, 2008
Scenario #1:
Students are to be peer editing on a draft in preparation for writer’s conferences. Instead, they are gathering in the corner and snickering around one student’s laptop. You ask them to stop, but within minutes they are huddled around the student’s laptop and laughing aloud, disrupting the entire class. How do you handle it?

Scenario #2:
A handful of students approach you about taking the laptops home so that they can word process and research for a report you have assigned. What do you do?

Scenario #3
After your first writing assignment that requires internet research, you believe that a number of students have cut and paste text from web sites and passed the work off as their own. How do you confirm that the text is not the students’ original writing? What discipline steps do you take. How do you avoid this situation in the future?

Scenario #4:
What steps do you take to ensure that the technology is an asset to your class? What are the procedures that you’ll take for check out of the machines? What is the quickest way to get the computers back in the cart? What about making sure that they all arrive back safely? Who is responsible to make sure that all the computers are plugged in and charging?

Scenario #5:
You want to extend the writer’s wall to the 21st Century. You decide, and the students are excited about the idea, to use some online tools to publish students’ writing. However, as you begin to share the idea with the parents of your students, some concerns arise. What steps do you take to alleviate parent concerns and ensure safe online behavior for your students?