Posts are writing pieces created by students (or teachers) for any purpose or genre.
A Draft is an unfinished Post that has been saved.
- Write a Post from from scratch with your own ideas and image(s). Like a blank page in your notebook!
- Write About an existing Idea. Use a spark from a story starter, respond to a topic, or complete an assignment.
It's why we're all here... to WRITE!!
Examples of Student Posts
WRITE A POST FROM SCRATCH
It's as simple as clicking the big WRITE A POST button at any time to start writing!
Authors will be able to add a header (top) image to represent their writing
- Upload an image from your device OR
- Select an Image from the built-in Image Gallery
WRITE ABOUT AN IDEA
- After discovering an Idea, simply click the big WRITE ABOUT button to start your Post about that topic.
- The Post will include the image from the Idea in the header.
- The writer will be able to reference the Idea title and details from the teacher who created it.
- Provide instructional context or help using text, links and/or audio!
The writing experience on Write About is designed so that students can FOCUS on the writing.
- TITLE TEXT- Make it interesting so readers will want to click to open your Post!
- POST TEXT- Where the magic happens. Structure your text with the desired formatting.
- WORD COUNT- A subtle, realtime status of the Post length displayed in the top left of the page.
HEADER IMAGE (built-in image gallery): Safely browse and select from the growing library of images provided freely for students to use with their writing without having to visit other sites!
ADD IMAGE- Embed images into the body of the post to enhance your writing. (Please cite sources for embedded images in the body of the post.)
AUDIO- Record your voice to accompany the writing.
- Use audio during the writing process as a revision tool for the writer
- Use audio as a publishing tool to personalize the Post with an "author's note", an introduction, or a full reading of the writing!
- AUTO SAVE- Activates every 1 minute (displayed in the top right of the page) to save the Post as a backup Draft. (upgraded accounts only)
- SAVE AS DRAFT- Will remain private for only the Student and Teacher and can be accessed from the students' Home page to continue editing.
- GRADE LEVEL- Will be automatically populated based on the students' Filtering settings.
- CATEGORY- Will have General selected on a Post from scratch and will have the Idea category selected by default when writing about an Idea.
Note: Grade Level and Category can be adjusted by the writer in order to help the correct audience discover it.
- TAGS- Help others discover the writing by adding keyword tags related to the content of the Post. (ie "Sports, Baseball, Personal Narrative" or "Genius Hour, 7th Grade, Circus"
- ATTRIBUTION- A citation for the source of the header image. Will be automatically populated when writing about an Idea that included Attribution.
- PRIVACY SELECTION- Layers of privacy determine who can access and read the Post once published. Moderation is available to the Teacher to approve publishing and teachers can also remove the Public option. SCHOOL privacy selection only available for School memberships. Only student first names will ever display. See detailed help for Managing Student Privacy and Publishing
- SHARE TO GROUP- When the privacy selection is made beyond the Teacher level, students can directly publish and share to a Class or Community writing Group. See detailed help for Managing Student Sharing
EDITING A DRAFT OR POST
The student or teacher author of a saved Draft or Published Post can always enter back in to the writing experience to edit the work. Teachers cannot directly edit a students' Draft or Post, however, teachers can leave instructional Feedback so that the student themselves can make the desired changes.
- From the Home page, use the EDIT POST button on a Draft or Post:
- From a Post page (open by using the READ POST button or clicking the picture), use the EDIT POST button at the top of the page.
DELETING A DRAFT OR POST
Students and Teachers can delete any Drafts or Posts they have created by opening the Draft/Post page in Read mode (not Edit). Find the DELETE POST button at the bottom in the footer area.
- Teachers can delete student accounts entirely, but currently they cannot delete student Drafts/Posts individually. This allows teachers to work with your students to take ownership over their own work.