Once again, the Writers' Club is looking for passionate writers in schools around the world to join the Writers' Club. Here are 100 reasons to join - if you're interested, reply to this discussion or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. It’s free!
2. All the legwork is done for you, by me
3. It gives your students an authentic audience
4. It’s an already functioning community, not just an idea
5. It’s secure – only community members can comment on blogs
6. It uses WordPress- the most common blogging platform
7. Because its about writing, you don’t need to change your curriculum to fit – all genres of writing can be shared
8. It has students from Grade 2 to Year 8, so there are plenty of students on there the right age
9. No advertising
10. No need for time zones to align
11. You are in a community with globally-minded teachers who may want to do other projects
12. If you like more structure, you can do quadblogging – one of our optional projects
13. Schools can participate in cultural exchanges through our Global Penfriends project
14. You don’t have to begin and end your participation at a particular time – you can work on a global stage for as long as you want, pause when you want, and drop out when you want
15. Your own ideas for writing can be incorporated into the club (as quadblogging and global penfriends were)
16. “Achievements” encourage the students to contribute
17. Students and teachers can create their own groups around certain topics and ideas
18. Students can discuss books they are reading and recommend them to each other
19. You don’t have to sign up a particular number of students. Sign up one or a whole class!
20. There are experienced literacy experts who form part of our community and may comment on your students’ blogs
21. Maps help students locate authors and those who comment on their blogs
22. A twitter feed pushes their writing beyond the club
23. Students can track their favorite authors by “friend”ing them
24. Students don’t need email addresses to participate.
25. You can engage your passionate writers by presenting this as a special opportunity
26. The site is monitored by teachers
27. Students build their own global personal learning network
28. Students can be exposed to new styles of writing
29. Students can be exposed to new standards of writing
30. Students can influence and inspire the writing of others
31. Students can be influenced and inspired by the writing of others
32. Cultural assumptions can be challenged
33. Students can add illustrations to their work
34. No awkward usernames or passwords
35. Administrators are friendly and helpful
36. No fancy technology needed. Text is easy.
37. We have tutorial videos to help you get started
38. Students can customer their blog using themes
39. Student avatars personalize their online presence in the community
40. Extended profiles enable students to tell the community what inspires them
41. We have a diverse community of 8 nationalities
42. Search pages make it easy to find authors from a particular country, school or grade level
43. There are some awesome writers on the site already
44. The site is constantly being improved
45. It won’t be open to all forever!
46. Set blogs visible to only the community
47. Want students working together? We can create group blogs
48. Already have students blogging? We can create accounts for you that link back to your original blogs
49. Students can make posts private
50. Students can flag material they don’t think is appropriate
51. Excellent setting for teaching digital citizenship
52. Run by teachers, for teachers. No commercial interests.
53. No spam!
54. Extend your top writers… How would your work change if you were writing for an international audience?
55. The club has been presented internationally
56. Teach students comprehension and questioning through commenting
57. Students improve quality of writing when writing for an audience
58. Research shows students who use ICT for writing write more often
59. Research shows students who use ICT for writing write more
60. Research shows students who use ICT for writing make more revisions
61. Research shows students who use ICT for writing make fewer errors
62. Our social network interface makes it easier for your blog to be found
63. WordPress is constantly improving their software
64. 24/7 access to your students’ writing
65. Showcase work of your students or others around the world to your class
66. Easy way to connect your class globally
67. Use the blog as a tool for student accountability
68. Empower students – let them make global connections
69. Regular updates from us keep you in the loop
70. Simplified interface makes it easier for students to use the blogging platform
71. Set up Skype appointments between students to discuss writing
72. A “random blog” button will transport you around the globe instantly
73. Students can add their own global map to monitor where their readers are coming from
74. Allow students to find like-minded writers that might not be present in your own class or school
75. Twitter-like activity stream helps community members stay in touch
76. Achievements leader board celebrates the most prolific contributors to the community
77. We are unique in our use of a social network to link blogs together, and our open-ended approach to global collaboration
78. We have a long term goal of getting authors involved as community members – imagine getting your writing commented on by a real-life author!
79. This site is a template for other global collaborative projects – we have a sister project for science, and we plan to cultivate others. Your involvement in this site may lead to other global education opportunities.
80. Next time your class is studying a certain country, you may already have the links there through our Writers’ club.
81. We’re big – 600 students already
82. Equality of participation. Once you’re in, you’re in. Start immediately. Your school is on an equal footing, no matter how long they’ve been involved.
83. Slow connection? Our site is low bandwidth friendly
84. Makes global ed a regular part of everyday teaching
85. Administered by teachers with extensive experience in using technology in education
86. Can be used to share audio and video
87. Growing fast : 0 to 17 schools in less than a year
88. No personal details needed: just a first name
89. Give students a genuine purpose for writing
90. Allows students to use social networking the way professionals do
91. Participating in quadblogging ensures your students receive comments regularly
92. Get other ideas for teaching writing from other classes around the world
93. Join with a feeder school and get students connecting with their future schools
94. Engage previously disengaged students in writing
95. Personalize learning for your students by allowing them to choose their participation in the club
96. Give your students the chance to get constructive feedback from numerous sources
97. Easy for teachers to provide feedback from anywhere they have an Internet connection
98. Hard to lose work – blogs autosave and writing can be accessed from any blog
99. The world our students are going Into is going to require them to work with people around the world – this is a great way to prepare
100. It’s run with a vision to improve learning for students around the world, by teachers with limitless passion