Discussion Forums Prove to be Meaningful
Type of Technology: iPAD or Computer
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation/Modification
Grade Level: 3rd-12th
Subject Area: All
Have you been struggling to figure out a way to teach your students how to have meaningful feedback for their peers when editing work? I know I sure have. I have entered my fifth year teaching fifth grade, and I am always looking for new ways to teach editing. We are lucky enough to have NEO, which allows for Discussion Forums to happen rather easily within the classroom.
We have been working on Narrative Writing since the beginning of school, and I have found that my students have been struggling with it. I decided to open a forum, making it not a formal as a huge Narrative piece, and have them do a quick write on the topic:
Imagine yourself as a superhero. You might be able to see through walls, fly, or swim like a fish. Write in the voice of your superhero and tell your readers about your superhuman power and what happens when you use it.
Make sure to include:
A “Grabber” to get your readers interested
The students replied to the discussion and were instructed to then reply to at least 2 other classmates. I had instructed them to look to see if their classmate had answered the prompt and use detail.
How did they reply to the discussion? On NEO, you are able to do that by clicking on “See Discussion” and hitting “reply” to someone’s post.
Some sample responses include:
“I like Jocelyn’s because she had an intro that made me want to read it. One thing that I think she can work on is to be more specific but I love that she said what she was named and she could be invisible and hav SPEED!”
“There is incorrect spelling grammar on paragraph 1, sentence 2.”
“Your detail was descriptive in your first paragraph, but you could add more descriptive language in paragraph two. Make the reader really see your story.”
“You did not answer all of the prompt. You ARE the superhero…”
I have to say, I think the editing piece becomes more valuable when it is typed and sent personally to the author. It gives them a few things:
a. Validation that someone other than their teacher is reading their work
b. They are able to be given feedback that will help edit their work for the better.
c. Confidence to edit other’s work, when their own work is being looked at too.
Try it! NEO Discussion Forum has really strengthened the editing in my class.