Three ideas for digital collaborative writing in the classroom

Ready to try the collaborative writing experience with your students? Here are some ideas for you using digital technology. (Second of two parts)

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Ready to try the collaborative writing experience with your students? Here are some ideas for you using digital technology. (Second of two parts)

Collaborative writing allows young people to collaborate on an online writing project, share their opinions and receive real-time feedback. Several methods, approaches and sharing tools are available to create innovative and motivating writing projects in the classroom.

Yesterday, we introduced you educational chat. Here are three other collaborative writing approaches today.


Project with Google Documents

In his article How to effectively use collaborative writing in the classroom?, by on the Ludomag site, Nicolas Bertos shares his method for successfully leading a collaborative writing project in class with Google Docs. He also gives his tips to follow the development of each young person. He mentions that the students concentrate well and are motivated not to make mistakes, as the teacher views their progress in real time.


Amplifiers Project

Three professional writers, Anick Fortin, Mylène Fortin and Pierre Labrie (the “Amplifiers”), have started a writing project online with three hands. Since September 2016, they have held public writing sessions where it was possible to follow their literary creation live since they shared their text on Google Documents. The public could comment on Facebook.

Their work, now completed, is available for consultation. This type of simultaneous writing activity allowed the audience to truly take part in the creative process and demystify the work of the writer. This is inspiring for a classroom adaptation!


Creation of digital comics

It is well known that comics are popular with young people. Creating comics digitally calls on their artistic and literary creativity, in addition to initiating them in planning a comic book scenario. For this purpose, the free online resource SripGenerator allows you to create them in a simple and structured way. You just have to choose the style of the boxes, the characters, the objects and the text.


In short, ideas for collaborative digital writing projects to be integrated into the classroom abound and the platforms to implement them as well.


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Josée Tardif
Josée Tardif
Josée is a reviser, translator and blogger. She holds a bachelor's degree in French studies, a master's degree in information science and a certificate in translation. She is interested in the world of books, education, family and social issues. She also contributes to the blog of the web magazine Planet F and has his own blog Life Etc.

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