Last Friday, I ran across a blog post on Free Tech for Teachers about an app called Pen.io. I started to mess around with the app and was blown away by how easy it was. Using Pen.io, I posted a document to the web about as quick as I could cut and paste the text. Within a few minutes, I had what was formerly a word document published with it’s own unique URL.

Click here to see the document.

So, now the questions is, what good is an app like Pen.io in the classroom?

1. Publish student writing projects like RAFT’s, short stories, poems and reports.

2. Publish study guides before tests.

3. Publish directions for assignments.

4. With the options for password protected editors, students could post a paper and have others help edit the work.

5. This is a real easy way to set up a student blog, especially if the focus is going to be on writing rather than pictures. User can add as many pages as they want to a Pen.io document.

6. Have students write a progressive story.  Just make sure that students use the same password for all the stories started in a class.

These are just a few of the ideas can think of at the moment. I know that there are several other apps out there that will do the same kind of thing. Google docs is one of these. The cool thing about Pen.io is that there is noregistration and no hassle. A few clicks and student work can be viewed by the world.

 

See more blog posts like this at Web20edu.com



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