Teach the Writing Process with Technology

Is there a way to spark student interest in the writing process? Yes, there is!

Use technology to engage primary students using the book templates in TechnoStories, a unique computer project that integrates language arts curriculum with technology. TechnoStories is designed especially for young children to develop beginning keyboarding and word processing skills. They learn to write, illustrate, and edit an original storybook using Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

TechnoStories follows the stages of the writing process with fun, appealing, and inviting activities:

  1. Organize Ideas: A planning sheet allows young students to sketch their ideas. They plan the beginning, middle, and end of their story. Book titles are included as a source of inspiration.
  2. Draft Writing: In TechnoStories, students use a book template with a title page and three story pages to write and illustrate their story. Word processing skills such as how to format text and images are applied from previous assignments. Sentence starters support writing.
  3. Edit Writing: Students use electronic tools to correct errors. A checklist is provided to help proofread the publication.
  4. Publish Writing: The completed storybook is shared as students send a link by email to their teacher, friend, or parent. Optional instructions are provided to print or transform the document into an animated flipbook using a free online service.
  5. Reflection: Students identify their strengths as writers by rating their word processing ability, quality of story writing, and effort.

Turn your students into enthusiastic young authors with TechnoStories!


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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