High School Writing

A few of my local high school writing teachers have asked me about videoconference options lately. So here’s a list of options.

Writing/Author Related Content Provider Programs

  • Schooner Christmas: Creative Writing with a Historical Perspective from Pier Wisconsin. Available in November & December.
  • Unity & Diversity from the Cleveland Institute of Music addresses skills for writing.
  • Author/Computer Illustrator Bill Davis is willing to tailor programs for schools. See two of his listed programs for an idea of what he can share with your students.
  • Cooperating School Districts has a set of author programs.
  • Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts has two programs for high school on Poetry and Prose.
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a program on Visual and Language Arts that can be used as a springboard for writing exercises.

Related to that, here are a few literature based high school level programs:

  • Don Quixote, Faust, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edgar Allan Poe from the Center for Puppetry Arts.
  • Harlem Renaissance from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • Several programs are available on various Shakespeare related topics.
  • The Indiana Repertory Theatre has a program on Bringing Dickens’ Characters to Life.
  • The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts has a program on Victorian Literature that can be tailored to requested author/literature.

Classroom to Classroom Connections
Another option is to consider having your class connect to another class for a celebration of writing. Some ideas include:

  • A poetry fest/poetry jam/coffee house event where students share poetry. This could be done point-to-point with another class, or multipoint and over a lunch period.
  • A story starter session. Classes could present to each other a visual story starter: a picture, a still life pose, a skit or other visual. After sharing the story starters via videoconference, students could write stories and share them for feedback via email, a blog, or an online class discussion space in Moodle or a similar tool.
  • Journalism Club/News Teams. Any writing related clubs or school news teams could meet with a similar club in another school. Students could share what activities their club is involved in, learn from the other club, and brainstorm new ideas together.

These are just a few possibilities. I’m sure you can think of more!

About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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