Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor that enables you and your students to create, store and share instantly and securely, and collaborate online in real time. You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There's no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any computer.
EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows teachers and students to work together in really real-time. When multiple students write the teacher can join in and make suggestions for editing the same document simultaneously. The changes are instantly reflected on the students screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for making suggestions, helping draft out an assignment and educating students in mechanics. Teachers can work with ELL students as they write by making real time suggestions in language development.
Writing Fun - watch this screencast to see how to use this interactive, online, structured writing tool to help elementary age students write descriptions, narratives, poetry, explanations, procedures, etc.
Wacky Web Tales - an online "madlib" tool
Writing Fix - Interactive Writing Prompts
Read/write/think- Interactive digital activities (click the interactive links - there are many to choose from)
Online Note-Taking Tool (one of the interactive Read/Write/Think resources)
OurStory - online timeline tool
Mnemograph- collaborative, online Time Line tools
ToonDoo- Online comic strip creator
Make Believe Comix - Online comic strip creator
Scholastic: Story Starters for Grades 1-4 - Story
Starters is a bank of writing prompts. Student spins the lever to get a writing
prompt. To allow for even greater creativity, the student can spin wheels to
change any part of the prompt.
Kerpoofhas created a free story creator that
provides many prompts to students as they generate text and ideas. Specifically,
it limits students to 3 themes: alien, rock party, and pirates. For many
students, limiting choice can assist task completion.
Story Maker - use this with reluctant writers to
create a fairy tale