Blogger
www.blogger.com
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Free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.

"A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It's a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it's your political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.

Many people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalers reveal inner thoughts."

~Blogger
Use Blogger in the classroom for:
  • responding to writing prompts
  • diary entries and for production and publishing of a student's written work.


One Word

http://oneword.com/

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"Rather than defining words or talking about words, oneword™ is about being inspired by words.

The words chosen are usually very simple words—some profound, others mundane. It is our belief that even the most mundane word can inspire profound writing. That is not to say the we are expecting profundity—we are only expecting you to be inspired.

There are plenty of other sites dedicated to learning new words and improving your vocabulary. oneword™ is dedicated to helping writers learn to flow.

Flow on."

Use one word in your classroom to inspire student writing.

Plinky
http://www.plinky.com

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Every day Plinky provides a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.

It's simple to add photos, maps, playlists and more. You can easily share your Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.

Use Plinky in your classroom to inspire student writing.

ThingLink
http://www.thinglink.com/
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Create rich images with music, video, sound, text and more. Share and discover deeper stories through image.

Toolkit

http://thinglinktoolkit.wikispaces.com/Home

Here is an example created by PA educator Jamie Forshey. Jamie is an instructional technology coach whose blog "Edutech for Teachers" just won the national Edublog award for the best new blog of 2012. Be sure to check it out at

http://edutech4teachers.edublogs.org/


Tumblr Writing Prompts



http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/



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An excellent collection of writing prompts for teachers to use in their classrooms



Use these prompts in your classroom to inspire student writing.