5 Tech Tools for Writing and Blogging

September 19, 2013
Audrey Stokes Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students, Technology Integration

It's Top-Pick List Friday! This week we are featuring great tech for writing and blogging. In this 24/7 digital world, many kids are keeping online diaries, sharing stories they've written, and even updating their own blogs. What better way to teach writing skills than to meet them where they are? Check out this list of some of our favorite apps and websites for teaching writing skills.

Here are just a few of the great tools you can find on our Top-Picks List "Great Tech For Writing and Blogging." Click through to read more!





CAST UDL Book Builder
CAST UDL Book Builder is a free online tool that lets kids create, publish, share, and read digital books. The tool is designed around Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational framework meant to support diverse learning needs. Read full review.

Pixton is a site where kids can create and share their own comics online. The emergence of graphic novels and comics as legitimate "reading" material combined with Common Core standards that speak to visual literacy have put the comic genre in a new light for educators. Read full review.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
In this kid version of the National Novel Writing Month program, young writers accept the challenge to complete a novel between Nov. 1 and 30. Kids choose their word count at the beginning, write their novel in a notebook or offline word-processing program, then update their word count online throughout the month. Read full review.

Youth Voices
Youth Voices is a vibrant home for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a wide range of genres. The site is essentially a social network, so students can easily align their interests and make meaningful connections with other young writers. Read full review.

Teen Ink
The Teen Ink website is a Web version and extension of the print publication of the same name. The underlying premise is that kids are creative and capable of amazing things when given encouragement and a forum. Read full review.


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