The Production Process:



Select a media type

Write a focus sentence

Activate prior knowledge


Review the meaning

Create a script or storyboard


Adjust / Edit


Create the media from plan

Include appropriate elements

Use the Writing Process if...


Re-edit / Adjust

Present / share



brainstorm with others to find a topic




Did you take time to brainstorm your topic , your task and your format?

Did you think about the events, characters, and places, etc. you want to include?

Did you organize your thoughts with a diagram, organizer, pictures, outline or timeline?





Ask the genie...Questions

·         What should we do?

·         What do we want to talk about in our project? – our topic?

·         What is our goal?

·         What do we want to say about the topic?

·         What is our purpose? (Are we trying to express an opinion, inform or direct and instruct?)

·         What do we know about the topic? Let’s make a list.

·         What is the best medium to reach the audience and attain our goals?

·         What do we know about the medium?

·         Who is our audience?

·         How will we reach our audience? (What type of language, images and techniques should we use?)

·         What is our message?

·         How can we send a clear message?

·         What is our focus sentence?

·         What should we put in the storyboard?

·         What ideas do we have for the script?

·         What do you think?

·         What is your idea for the music and images?

·         Which do you prefer?

·         What do you suggest?

·         Do we agree?

·         Maybe we could compromise?

·         What is your idea?



·         Let’s talk about...

·         Our purpose is to...

·         The message is...

·         Our team’s goal is...

·         Our audience is...

·         We have to...

·         Our focus sentence could be...

·         The focus sentence could be that we will create a ... that will

·          I read...  I saw... I heard that…

·         I know that...

·         I prefer...  I'd rather

·         Okay, we need to decide...

·         I agree. I disagree because...

·         I feel that…

·         My idea is…

·         I suggest...

·         In my opinion, we should…

·         I thought of something that might help, ...

·         I have a good idea...

·         I think we should...

·         It’s your turn.

·         Why don’t we…

·         We should show that ...

·         Maybe we could...

·         We can...



Examples for inspiration:

  1. Activity TV

Collaborative Brainstorming Tools:

  1. MyNoteIT: This great tool allows students to take and store their notes online, edit them with the help of classmates, look up words or terms you don’t understand and keep track of things you need to do.
  2. Google Docs: With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even send them to your peers for collaboration.
  3. Notely: Keep your class notes, to-do lists and more organized and easy to access with this site.
  4. Here, students are able to actively organize their class materials, take and store notes, share information and even link to online reference sites.
  5. ShortText: This is a very simple tool for taking notes online. Simply enter your text, hit save, and you’ve got an online note you can revisit anytime you like.
  6. YourDraft: Take notes with this rich text editor and share and save them online.
  7. Stickkit: Get an intelligent sticky note with this great online program. It looks at the text on your notes and can recognize important dates, bookmarks, emails and more, organizing them for you and making it easy to stay on top of everything.
  8. SyncNotes: If you use a PDA this can be a great way to keep your notes accessible on both your main computer and your portable device.
  9. JotCloud: If you’re the type that loves to put sticky notes all over everything then you’ll enjoy this online note taking tool. It allows you to create clouds of stickies anywhere you need them.
  10. NoteCentric: Store and share your classroom notes with this innovative site. It keeps your notes organized so you can reference them later and you can easily access it through a Facebook account.
  • Collaborate:

    1. - Super simple collaborative writing space, with no need to create an account.
    2. Backpack
    3. Basecamp
    4. CentralDesktop
    5. Caloosh easy and efficient way to organize meetings by identifying the earliest possible opportunity for everyone to meet up.
    6. DeskAway Project management for a group. Up to 3 projects/5 users free.
    7. Doodle
    8. Gantter Microsoft Project for the web. Free.
    9. Group Table A web-based software developed specifically to help student groups improve document management, project planning and communication.
    10. Intervals
    11. Near-time
    12. NoKahuna (free for projects with up to 30 tasks)
    13. Norada
    14. Nutshell
    15. OnStage an online workspace, collaboration, and project management tool
    16. ProjectPlace
    17. ShortText
    18. SlimTimer
    19. SmartSheet Project management, task assignment, spreadsheet, collaboation, discussion: post to the web.
    20. Stikipad
    21. TeamTexting connects team members and coaches with group text messaging and email, free of charge. Send one email or text message and the entire team receives the message via their phone or e-mail. Reply to all feature, too.
    22. TeamWork
    23. Thinkature
    24. ThinkFree
    25. TimeBridge
    26. Vyew
    27. Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier. Wiggio is also intended to be used as a resource for group planning of projects. Some of the features of Wiggio include a group calendar, a mass messaging system that works with cell phones and email, and a group polling system. For groups that are working on projects together Wiggio offers a shared folder for files and links. (via Free Technology for Teachers)
    28. Zimbra
    1. Webs and Networks
    2. Brainstorm Techniques

      Here are a summary of a series of techniques from The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    bullet Freewrite, you let your thoughts flow as they will, putting pen to paper and writing down whatever comes into your mind.

    Visualize your ideas.


    Resituate the dilemma in another context.


    Journalistic questions

    Thoroughly research a story based on these 6 questions. The six are: Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?.


    Look at the relationships between the whole, parts and parts of the parts.



    begin from the main ideas in the center and circle them with complementary ideas as much as you can - then take an overview of the trends and groupings possible.



    complete the following:
    ____________________ (your idea/concept,...) is/was/are/were like _____________________. as many ways as you can.




    1. Describe it.
    2. Compare it.
    3. Associate it.
    4. Analyze it.
    5. Apply it.
    6. Argue for and against it.

    3 perspectives

    1. Describe it:
    2. Trace it:
    3. Map it:


    • on the general topic
    • on one or more words from your argument,
    • on a word or idea that is the complete opposite of your original word or idea.



    Break down the topic into levels

    • the general topic,
    • a specific subtopic or required question
    • a single term or phrase you're overusing








    Introduction to Mind Mapping


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