Teachers can request administrative privileges. This designation allows them to edit or delete content and create channels. The Administration link is found along the banner dashboard. For the most part, however, the teacher account will look and act similar to a student account, allowing for creating new content and posting comments on other members' writing.
- global awareness
- multiple forms of expression
- combining knowledge
- academic development
- achieving goals
- social media
- using and applying technology
- asking questions
ProsEmpowers students as writers and thinkers, and multimedia elements open the door for further digital composition.
ConsHigh school writers sometimes submit questionable content as they explore personal and provocative issues.
Bottom LineSupported student writing, collaboration, and communication make this a healthy space for kids to express themselves.
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Students will like the social nature of Youth Voices and its emphasis on putting student ideas and writing front and center. Most will recognize the feel and navigation of a social networking site.
Spanning subject areas, the activities include various challenges for student writers. In what feels like a usual social network environment, kids will be learning writing and communication skills as they share opinions.
Tutorials and resources are available for new members, but most are designed for teachers learning how to use Youth Voices in the classroom and how to validate the use of a social networking writing space.
Youth Voices is a vibrant home for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a wide range of genres. The site is essentially a social network, so students can easily align their interests and make meaningful connections with other young writers. Students touch on issues ranging from the environment and politics to personal narrative stories and video gaming. Some students also add multimedia components like video.
Students will need to create their own accounts and set up a profile. Once they have their own space, kids can begin writing blog posts, which are designated to certain areas (such as argument, stories and poems, video conversations, etc.). A convenient place to start is to access the Youth Voices Play Challenge -- a series of activities in a game format that orients users to the site and has them walk through several challenges, including commenting on other posts. Another area has a series of "missions" for students, in which they explore specific topics as researchers and writers.Read More Read Less
The teachers behind Youth Voices carefully built and nurtured this site over many years, and it shows. The commenting feature on posts opens up a range of discussions, and writing on the site can be very powerful.
Best of all, the site is free and remains flexible for the needs of teachers and their students. One drawback is that many of the writers on the site are high school students, so the content and subject matter can walk the line of appropriateness at times. Any questionable content centers more on subject matter than on inappropriate language. If you're considering Youth Voices, it would be wise to monitor the site over a period of time to make sure it meets your educational goals and your school's expectations.Read More Read Less
For teachers, the community of other educators on Youth Voices can be a powerful support group. The collective networking and thinking among the Youth Voices educators has resulted in usable classroom resources for you, including a series of writing challenges, discussions grouped along various themes, integration of art and writing, and curriculum-based documents that validate how online writing communities meet the needs of students across subject-area classrooms.Read More Read Less
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- Wonderful way to connect students with creative writing and with one another.1Kristen M.
Kent State University
Kent, OH4November 4, 2014
- A great tool to collaborate with other students on writing from around the U.S.Jeremy H.
Fulton Middle School
Middleton, MI5April 17, 2013