The 5 strategies can be employed immediately in the classroom. They can be seamlessly woven into all aspects of the curriculum and will also support both students and teachers in organising and structuring written content in all contexts, both on and offline.
Use the material below to support your learning in a way that works for you.
Best practice checklist
When I work online I:
- write headlines and titles that are front-loaded, quick to scan and informative.
- write a front-loaded, succinct summary or topic sentence at the opening of a blog post.
- use the headings or styles function to add the heading hierarchy labels to titles and sub-headings in longer posts.
- add alt-text, captions and titles to images.
- write useful, informative hyperlinks, never “click here”.
Resources to build writing online skills
- 5 hints for writing great headlines
- Summary statements tell the whole story
- Heading hierarchy – create a logical structure
- Alt text for image labels – making images visible
- Hyperlinks – create a useful signpost
Possible learning pathways
- Select an unfamiliar skill and dig in.
- Review and revise a blog post of your own.
- Write a blog post or make a Word or Google document about one or more of the 5 strategies.
- Include a headline and summary sentence.
- Add sub-headings.
- Add the heading hierarchy labels.
- Add an image or two. Give them captions and alt-text if you can (some tools won’t let you!!!!!)
- Make your own pathway to meet your needs.
- Firefox browser – download or update.
- Wave Web Developer Tool Bar – download Firefox add-on.
- Web Accessibility for Designers info-graphic – evaluate your inclusive design skills
You are welcome to download or access:
- Big duck in PM’s car workshop handout.pdf
- Big duck comparison for writing online.pdf (useful as a resource to annotate)