The Writing Mindset

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Sessions from Educators and Thought Leaders

Do your students think that writing is just about following conventions and putting words on a page? Join us to explore how thinking differently about writing can engage your students and set them up for success. Participate in this webcast series devoted to opening your mind and helping all students write better!

  • How can mobile devices support the writing process?
  • How can copying other writers’ work help develop students’ writing skills?
  • How can academic writing be a pleasure to read—and to write?

Webcast Sessions



How Writers Read: Connecting Great Reads to Great Writing

How Writers Read

Connecting Great Reads to Great Writing

How Writers Read: Connecting Great Reads to Great Writing

Roy Peter Clark

Vice President, Poynter Institute for Media Studies

What do great writers read? How does reading help these writers to hone their craft? Join us for an entertaining and enlightening exploration of the techniques that great writers deploy. Acclaimed writer, journalist, and writing teacher, Roy Peter Clark, will share his “X-ray reading” approach to help teach writers at all levels how to read with an eye toward learning--and improving--their writing with the help of great literature.

Stylish Academic Writing: How to Reach More Readers While Still Looking Smart

Stylish Academic Writing

How to Reach More Readers While Still Looking Smart

Stylish Academic Writing: How to Reach More Readers While Still Looking Smart

Helen Sword

Director, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education, University of Auckland

Professor Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing and The Writer’s Diet, debunks the myth that “serious” academic writing must be wooden, wordy, and dull. Come learn the latest tips for making your academic writing as stylish as it is substantive.

Beyond Integrity: Why We Cite

Beyond Integrity: Why We Cite

Beyond Integrity: Why We Cite

Michael Goodwin

Assistant Director for Academic Integrity, Kennesaw State University

When it comes to academic integrity, many instructors and conduct officers focus on deterring and resolving incidents of misconduct. While this is important, merely teaching students what they should not do is insufficient. As educators, we must recognize that the very concept of citation is rarely as intuitive and obvious to our students as it is to us. Thus, we must go beyond demanding compliance with rules to reframe the conversation around the merits of ethical action, both in proactive teaching and in taking a developmental approach to sanctioning misconduct.

Teaching the Writing Brain

Teaching the Writing Brain

Teaching the Writing Brain

Virginia Berninger

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Washington

Todd Richards

Professor of Radiology, University of Washington

What’s going on in our heads as we write? The act of writing, from a neurological perspective, is a rich and complex series of processes. Join Virginia Berninger and Todd Richards for a session on how neurology and psychology can have a practical, and significant, impact on how we prepare students for writing, teach writing in the classroom, and work with students with exceptional needs.

A Picture is Worth a MILLION Words! Motivating Students to Write with Digital

A Picture is Worth a MILLION Words!

Motivating Students to Write with Digital Storytelling

A Picture is Worth a MILLION Words! Motivating Students to Write with Digital

Bernard Robin

Associate Professor of Learning, Design and Technology, University of Houston

In this session, Dr. Robin will walk us through how he created a digital story using just one picture: a family photograph taken in 1926. Come and learn how using internet search tools to investigate different items in the photo can lead to deep explorations that enhance student engagement with topics and ideas in subject areas such as history, economics, advertising, immigration, entertainment, and culture. See how this type of activity can be used in your classroom to support teaching and learning.

Mimicry & Plagiarism: A Place for Copying in Learning

Mimicry & Plagiarism

A Place for Copying in Learning

Mimicry & Plagiarism: A Place for Copying in Learning

Anita Lundberg

Associate Professor, James Cook University

The Western academic tradition is celebrated for its emphasis on deep and meaningful learning, while strongly discouraging students from copying. However, this pervasive stance against copying invites further analysis, particularly at this time of increasing transnational education. Join us for a discussion about the importance of mimicry and modeling for supporting students move into unfamiliar discursive communities. The practice of “copying to learn” can increase the level of academic writing of students from disparate backgrounds with an approach that uses valued cultural methods.

Beyond Thumb Typing: Supporting the Writing Process with Mobile Devices

Beyond Thumb Typing

Supporting the Writing Process with Mobile Devices

Beyond Thumb Typing: Supporting the Writing Process with Mobile Devices

Beth Holland

Doctoral Student, Johns Hopkins University

What does writing look like in the mobile era? While the fact that we proceed through the steps of the writing process may not change, the associated tasks and procedures can evolve and transform when students have access to iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices. Come see how mobile devices are impacting tasks associated with writing, and learn about tools, apps, and approaches to transform what's possible when working with mobile students.

Introducing Turnitin Feedback Studio

Introducing Turnitin Feedback Studio

Original Insights. Better Writers.

Introducing Turnitin Feedback Studio

Jason Chu

Education Director, Turnitin

In this session, interact directly with the Turnitin team and hear about new developments at Turnitin and the vision for technology tools to assist writing instruction.

What's the Story Behind Why We Write?

What's the Story Behind Why We Write?

What's the Story Behind Why We Write?

Adam Tramantano

English Teacher, The Bronx High School of Science

“Writing is power.” In this session, we’ll consider the production of a given work of writing as a story that we tell. We often encourage students to think about writing as a process--how is it different to consider writing as a story rather than as a process? We will trace the ways in which writers sometimes include the story of the writing within the writing and the ways in which we can explore the story of the writing process with students.

2015 Webcast Sessions



Keynote : No Laptop Left Behind?

No Laptop Left Behind?

Kentaro Toyama

Author of 'Geek Heresy : Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology'

Technology is neither necessary nor sufficient for good writing, as demonstrated by Homerian epics (tech not necessary) and bad blogs (tech not sufficient). Yet in the 21st century, digital technology is integral to the writing process. How can these tools be applied to improve writing skills?

Digital Tools for Writing Instruction

Digital Tools for Writing Instruction

Kristine Pytash

Assistant Professor at Kent State University and Co-Author of 'Using Technology to Enhance Writing'

Digital Tools for Writing Instruction

Richard Ferdig

Professor at Kent State University and Co-Author of 'Using Technology to Enhance Writing'

Teachers face significant challenges in getting students prepared with 21st century skills, especially when it comes to writing. How can technology actually support teachers and their writing instruction in the classroom?

Writing and the Visual : Graphically Organizing Your Writing

Writing and the Visual : Graphically Organizing Your Writing

Thomas DeVere Wolsey

CEO, Institute to Advance International Education

What if students could see how their writing is organized using graphics? It turns out that when they graphically organize their writing, students are more likely to write well, to compose their thoughts, and to try new approaches. In this session, Thomas DeVere Wolsey will discuss cutting-edge research on how visual organizers enhance writing and writing instruction.

Digital Storytelling For Student Success

Digital Storytelling for Student Success

Bryan Alexander

Senior Researcher, The New Media Consortium

Digital storytelling lets students reconceive their classwork in an integrative, constructivist way. While building narratives they can also develop their own voice, while engaging critically with media culture.

Crowdsourcing in the Classroom to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Presenting

Crowdsourcing in the Classroom to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Presenting

Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky

Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School

Writing is no longer necessarily an individual activity: the digital age now allows for the possibility of crowdsourcing. Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky will introduce several techniques for incorporating this powerful, new mode of interaction into your classroom’s writing activities. This session is not for the passive audience: participants will practice real-time blogging and crowdsourcing!

Writing By Hand, Keyboard, Voice and Beyond

Writing By Hand, Keyboard, Voice and Beyond

Steve Graham

Mary Emily Warner Professor at Arizona State University

Each mode of writing we adopt (by hand, by keyboard, or by voice) brings with it unique advantages and challenges. Join Steve Graham as he discusses how these writing modes have an impact on both readers and writers. Additionally, we’ll explore the” beyond”-- new modes of writing that are just starting to become available.

The Network Effect : Amplification and Opportunities for Global Feedback

The Network Effect : Amplification and Opportunities for Global Feedback

Michael Fisher

Author, 'Digital Learning Strategies' and 'Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students'

How can teachers extend the impact of feedback for learning by publishing to the world at large? In this session, we’ll look at digital and social tools that allow students to publish their work and solicit feedback from a worldwide audience for perspective and improvement, upgrading the way students turn work in.

The Future of Writing: I Wandered Lonely In The Cloud

The Future of Writing: I Wandered Lonely In The Cloud

Anya Kamenetz

Lead Education Blogger, NPR

Anya Kamenetz writes for a living-- everything from Tweets to books--in the age when pixels are replacing print. That means she lives in the world for which your students are preparing. Ms. Kamenetz will talk about how various aspects of the digital age (crowdsourcing, voice recognition, instant feedback, data journalism, mobile, social, etc.) figure into her writing practice, and will share how your writing assignments might also reflect them.

2014 Webcast Sessions



The Wealth In Words

Vocabulary and Social Inequality

The Wealth in Words: Vocabulary and Social Inequality

E. D. Hirsch, Jr

Founder, Core Knowledge Foundation

What does the teaching of vocabulary have to do with social inequality? And, how does vocabulary size correlate to intelligence and real-world competence?

The Gamification of Learning

Producing Tighter, More Timely Feedback for Increased Student Success

The Gamification of Learning: Producing Tighter, More Timely Feedback for Increased Student Success

Zandree Stidham, Ph. D

Department Chair of Communications, University of New Mexico

Curious about how gamification can impact student motivation? Zandree Stidham will share current research behind the gamification of learning, discuss the intersection of gaming and student engagement, and share strategies for deploying game-based approaches in the classroom.

Using Peer Review in Computer Programming

Using Peer Review in Computer Programming

Fay Zhong

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, CSU East Bay

Team projects provide great opportunities for collaboration and group learning among students, while peer evaluation provides another avenue for enhancing critical thinking skills. The combination of the two is very effective in creating active learning environments, where students are engaged in both working and evaluating their own and others' work.

The Place of Feedback in High-Stakes Assessment

The Place of Feedback in High-Stakes Assessment

Wayne Camara

Senior Vice President of Research at ACT®

Some would argue that the Common Core State Standards and No Child Left Behind have placed undue emphasis on testing and assessment and student outcomes. What these arguments gloss over is the function of assessments--particularly when done properly--as a means of creating actionable feedback to enhance learning.

SIRV the Students

Dennis Kessinger, J.D., M.A.

Today’s hyper-connected students are quite comfortable with multiple sources of digitally-based information that can saturate them with nearly instant information. The difficulty arises when this glut of information needs to be distilled into subject-matter skills that increases cognitive understanding and decreases mere reliance on data retrieval.

Is the Pen Mightier than the Pixel?

Students' Reactions to Handwritten vs. Digital Comments

Elizabeth B. Connell

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Communication between teachers and students are shifting rapidly from paper to the digital medium. Such a fast and strong transition, though, provokes one to question whether or not these changes are beneficial for students.

Let's Chat

Student-Faculty Conferences as a Tool in the Multicultural Composition Classroom

Let's Chat: Student-Faculty Conferences as a Tool in the Multicultural Composition Classroom

Jessica Kehinde Ngo & Julie Taiwo Oni

Ever feel like the international students in your classroom are not receiving the type of feedback they need to become better writers? Teaching writing to college freshmen in Los Angeles, we encounter a large population of foreign students.

The Role of Automated Feedback in the Classroom

The Role of Automated Feedback in the Classroom

Elijah Mayfield

VP of New Technologies, Turnitin

Join us for a special interview with Elijah Mayfield as he discusses advances in the field of automated essay feedback and the work of LightSide Labs, which has developed an approach for helping to facilitate the timing and efficacy of teacher-guided feedback by placing automated scoring in students' hands.

Dial Up and Dialed In

Engaging the Digital Student

Kelley Brumbelow

English Department Coordinator, Georgia Virtual School

In this session, Kelley Brumbelow shares her strategies for engaging students through the lens of her experience teaching in an online-only classroom.