This digital classroom space is brought to you by -- and supported by -- Young Writers Project (YWP), a small non-profit in Vermont. This platform is a powerful tool for you to practice writing, tell stories, use digital media, give each other support and engage in independent projects. It is a private space -- only students and teachers with accounts can see the content.
This website is specifically designed for teachers to export challenges from youngwritersproject.org and YWP's My Community Story Project (teachers need to log into both sites to access). Teachers can also create their own challenges, create workshops (larger projects) with sequential challenges or steps.The challenges are grouped by "genre" (mostly in the narrative text type, but also grouped by idea-development, research/interviewing, digital media, feedback, editing, polish and audience.) There is a workshop on this site for you to get started with community storytelling; YWP will be holding video conferences during the year, first on a few technical walk-throughs, and then on the content; the latter will also afford an opportunity for teachers to share and learn from colleagues. We hope that teachers will bring students into those conversations as well.
Young Writers Project has worked extensively with youths and teachers. Since 2006, YWP has connected with 100,000+ youths -- mostly through its open, online community at youngwritersproject.org and offered guidance to 2,000 teachers. We have found that these digital spaces -- when used regularly -- increase students' interest and performance in writing. For more details of all that YWP is providing in the 2018/19 school year, go to https://youngwritersproject.org/ywp4teachers.
The platform is robust and offers some of these features: