I have been on a kick lately incorporating some writing in my computer courses. My web design students are creating a 20 page website about an interactive adventure story with multiple endings. Google "Create your own adventure story" if you don't know what I'm getting at. I fell upon Inklewriter, which has been around for a few years, and fell in love. Here is the concept from the website "The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those branches back together again. It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written.
There’s no set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams – so there’s nothing between you and the empty page. Oh, and it’s free to use. And once written, you can share your stories with whomever you like."
Book Trailers and Video Projects
The other project that I have been working on is having my students work on producing videos. The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) has partnered with the United Soybean Board to put together a High School Video Contest informing the public on the benefits of biodiesel fuel. This is a great project for students for a few reasons: