In a traditional media classroom, where there are word processors, there are many activities that can be carried out by a group around a word processor. Here are some files of resources that demonstrate some different activities than can be used for collaborative writing.
You might also like the following writing tools that can be used synchronously and asynchronously and are ideal for distance learners.
Google docs is one of the simplest tools you can use for writing collaboration. As with normal Word Processing it allows for extensive writing practice. Learners can contribute to the creation of a cohesive piece of writing as well as to respond to the contributions of the other learners.
Google docs is particularly powerful as an asynchronous tool but can also be viewed and amended by several participants synchronously.
To use Google docs your learners will need a Gmail address and then they can access and share their own Googledocs with other members of the class. It is easiest if the teacher sets up the document and shares it with the learners.
This is a cool synchronous writing tool and is great for dispersed learners who can contribute to one writing space. Each writer is identified by a different colour. They can respond to each other or just write their own response to a common question. It’s more of a fun short response tool rather than a tool for co-creating an extensive piece of writing. It can be used in a media classroom as well as for distance learners. The primary pad is retained so that learners can revisit it and contribute more or respond to their co-learners.