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Join us for What the Tech is Going On?, the third event in a unique technology series for K-12 teachers, hosted by the Bay Area Writing Project in partnership with UC Berkeley. Upcoming sessions will be held on March 15th and April 19th. All sessions focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet Common Core writing standards.
COST $20 cash or check to “UC Regents”
LOCATION University of California Berkeley – Tolman Hall- Rooms 2319 and 2326
SCHEDULE 9:00 to 9:30 Coffee and pastries
9:30 to 11:00 Breakout sessions (A and B)
Space is limited. Sign up now at
Saturday, February 22nd!
Session A: Geeking Out with Wikis
Invite students to engage in relevant current debates by geeking out on a three dimensional collaborative project. Using a wiki, students share and broaden their concept of “precious knowledge” by exploring a current controversial issue, posting analytical and argumentative written responses, and designing unique artistic creations. The wiki platform allows students to go in multiple directions as well as to include video, art, and other media into their project. The presenter will provide an overview of the collaborative assignment and share sample student posts. Participants will try out the basic functions of Wikispaces, learn effective strategies to design their own wiki, and share troubleshooting tips. The workshop is appropriate for upper elementary to college.
Kristin Land loves to teach reading, writing and critical thinking at Chabot Community College in Hayward. Her work is heavily influenced by The Puente Project, a program in which she has taught for the past 13 years at the secondary and college level. She is a strong advocate for Teacher Inquiry/Research which she first discovered while earning her Masters Degree in Education through the MUSE program at UC Berkeley. She is the current co-director of BAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute.
Session B: Vivid Word Choice: Leave the Thesaurus Back in the Triassic Period
What free online resources can support students in selecting the “right word” or revising word choice so that it is precise as well as academic? We’ll investigate tools, including concordances, select online dictionaries, and a vocabulary profiler that draws from the Academic Word List, to boost word choice accuracy, variety, and sophistication without compromising voice or clarity. We’ll discuss effective ways to teach complex lexical skills to our students and convince them to leave behind the thesaurus method of revising!
Michelle Baptiste has a B.A. in English with an Education concentration from Carleton College and a Masters degree in English as a Second Language from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught writing to multilingual students at the University of Hawai’i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo Nation through Northern Arizona University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and loves to interact with people from diverse cultures. Since 2002 she has taught full time in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley as a multilingual student writer specialist.
Leading Professional Development Discussions that Leverage the Common Core
January 28 – March 21, 2014
Host site: Boise State University Writing Project
In this 8-week Online Learning Experience (OLE), or MOOC, participants will discuss the composing and teaching of the featured text type, as well as their own ideas, writing, and reflections. The leadership group will consider how to leverage informational texts and the Common Core for professional and site development. Participants may engage with more than one chat and each group will be led by a member of BSWP’s Core Implementation Team. This OLE will use the book Get It Done! , by Wilhelm, Smith, and Fredricksen (Heinemann).