There are a variety of Educational Technology tools which help students and teachers with writing. This list is by no means exhaustive but will provide a start point for teachers who wish to use technology to help their students with writing.
Moodle is built around social constructivist principles and as such there are a variety of tools which encourage students to engage in writing.
Forums are very useful and encourage students to interact. You can choose from a variety of forums and the standard and social forums are probably most useful in this context.
Moodle has a blog module which will allow students to contribute to a class blog or to create their own.
The Assignment module allows students to submit typed work online and the workshop module takes this further in that students can peer assess other work. If you use this in conjunction with “ground rules” you establish for written work it can allow both the writer and reader to be mindful of literacy basics.
Finally the wiki module is one of my own favorites. Use it to allow peer review and to encourage open sharing of student work.
I am not going to write about word processors but they have to take first place in this section.
My favorite blogging tool for school use is http://kidblog.org/home/ – it is a free platform, allows you to monitor and evaluate posts before publicly publishing work and is safer than other more open systems. It is easy to use and to set up.
Scolastic Story Starter – http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/ this website provides great writing prompts.
Comic Life – this application allows your students to easily create graphic novels easily. It is also available for ipad.
Storyjumper ; an online tool that allows you to publish your own book find it at http://www.storyjumper.com
Wordle – a nice way to display a story. Most frequently used words will stand out larger than others.
Comic Life has an ipad application
There is a wordpress app for ipad
There are a variety of word processors/note applications
The ability to use ibooks author, ebook creator or ebook magic to create content for ibooks is fantastic – getting students to create their own work can be very productive and rewarding.
Use mindmap applications such as ithoughts, popplet or mindjet to get students to plot their work.
Website to check out
http://www.literacytools.ie which this is produced by NALA for adults there are some useful resources that may help second level students also.