Entries Tagged as 'digital writing workshop'
November 23, 2011 · 4 Comments · digital writing, digital writing workshop, New Writing Pedagogy, writing
Why is digital writing so complex and challenging both for teachers and students? We know that writing does matter, no matter if it is digital or written with a pen or pencil. The process is of writing still the same and has not changed. What has changed with the digital age is the fact we have different means and modes of writing. Writing come more of composition of text, images, audio, music, and/or animation or a mash up of many different media. We have so much information and tools at our finger tips when we do write. We have more choices to make when choosing the medium for composing.
The point is the writing process is still the same but we have more tools we can choose from.
Today our digital landscape is made up of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, spell check, email, Google, Internet, texting, Twitter, Facebook, online thesaurus and dictionary. We embraced these tools because it made our lives easier.
Why is digital writing so complex and challenging both for teachers and students? Many of these tools the students are not allowed or are forbidden to use inside the school walls. These tools are something that happens outside of school. Many kids because of poverty may never learn how to use these tools and yet other excels in these tools outside of school. Students are blogging, facebooking, tweeting, publishing to fan fiction sites, etc.
Many teachers fail to learn how these tools are changing the landscape of how the private sector does business in the world. Wikipedia is still taboo to many teachers and there is a belief that social media has unnecessary implications in a classroom.
Teachers who have mastered these tools and other social media tools see the importance and the relevance they play K-12 education. These teachers essentially are using these tools for their own professional development and in their personal lives.
Many teachers fail to see the importance and grasp how different it is to read online. Simply we are not having many conversations about the topic. Present standards don’t address the reading that happens on-line, but with the adoption and implementation of Common Core Standards, we should be having significant conversations.
As we have become familiar with reading online via Internet we have discovered:
- information flows non-sequentially (one word might lead via hyperlink to an entire new piece of reading),
- reading can be interactive (response possibilities and limitless decisions about where to go with the text),
- hyperlinks, images, audio, and video are part of the reading experiences
- reading becomes an individualized experience
- more information text are readily available
- it is easy for anyone to publish online- (We have to pay close attention to the authority of information.) (Hodgson, strategies for online learning comprehension, Learn NC)
With the challenges we faced with reading online, writers face the same challenges when the create composition with the many choices they can make to communicate to their reader.
Teachers and students face many challenges as the education system reaches a balance with the complexities of Digital Media.
Why is digital writing so complex and challenging both for teachers and students?
November 14, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Literacies, digital storytelling, digital writing, digital writing workshop, multimedia in the classroom, New Writing Pedagogy, writing
I found Little Bird Tales and it is cool! This would go with K-5 instruction with ELA Common Core Writing. Awesome!
Little Bird Tales: Capture the Voice of Childhood. We offer a fun, unique way to create, record and share stories online. Kids can make drawings, upload photos or artwork and record their voice online, creating a slideshow format book, then share it with family and friends as gifts or a keepsake. Environmentally friendly and great for schools, too.
November 7, 2011 · No Comments · 21st century classroom, Digital Literacies, digital writing, digital writing workshop
“Writing digitally allows students to be a better writer, a better thinker, and learns to be a better presenter. ”
“It is easier to write if you are writing with pictures.”
“The whole program is set up on the basis of collaborative learning.” (learning happens in a network.)
Journalism, Arts, and Media (JAM) is an emerging network of after school programs that support elementary school age students in meeting the new Common Core Standards in language arts, which identify media and technology skills as essential for college and career readiness. JAM’s students have an opportunity to earn digital badges after demonstrating proficiencies in writing, multimedia production, and digital storytelling, based on the JAM’s curricular benchmarks.
February 28, 2011 · 2 Comments · Digital Literacies, digital writing workshop, graphic organizers, Writing Worksop
There is no doubt in my mind that I will shout from the mountain top that the National Writing Project has played the biggest impact on my approach to teaching and learning. In 1992 when I participated in a summer institute at Coastal Carolina University, my teaching and learning life changed. This was long before the Internet and my interest in digital literacy. Since then my teaching and learning life continues to expand and grow as I explore writing and literacy in the digital age.
I miss the classroom and still find myself reading professional books about teaching reading and writing in the elementary school. My recent book is In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray. After being in literally hundreds of K-2 classrooms over the last year and half, I inquiring deeply about writing instruction at that level. Katie’s book comes at a good time while I am working with teachers in a professional development graduate course and we are talking and analyzing visual images as a source for reading and writing instruction. I am always intrigued how teachers in the earlier years are teaching kids how to write. I am not even out of the starting gate with Katie’s book, but as I examine the student example pictures I beging to realized how important drawing and play is important to the writing process. And I think how the use of images (even as a primary source that has historical value) can abstractly connect the reader of the picture to new worlds of imagination. Using pictures to promote language, cognition, and social compentence can bridge the learner to higher thinking. Analyzing a picture is a skill and must be taught. Just think what new levels can be taught!
Today while spending some time with some kindergarters during their writing time I talked with many about their drawing and was awed at the fact how some could tell a rich story from the picture they were drawing while others were taking the assignment so literaly to impress the teacher in constructing a complete sentence.
I am passionate about writing instruction and I am always trying to learn more. Who knows when I will be back in the classroom teaching and learning with kids again! Since I am talking about writing, below is a shout out about something that intrigued me in writing instruction. It is link another level to student blogging and using digital to make a difference with classrom instruction.
I want to give a shout out to Gail Desler and Rudy Alfonso for their work. A big shout to Gail for writing about Rudy’s classroom in a recent post, Beyond the Post: Adding more layers to student commenting. Following Gail through the reading with the great slideshare on writing a summary and jumped over to Rudy’s classroom website- EETT & Making Movies. I read the post Summary Writing: She’s a Fashionista. This is an example of best practice in using a blog to enhance writing in an elementary classroom. Students wrote their summary paragraphs, scanned and uploaded their graphic organizers, and then made podcast of them reading their summary. What a great teaching and learning writing practice. I hope Gail shares this with the Digital Is project! Great work!
October 11, 2010 · No Comments · digital writing workshop, multimedia in the classroom
Joel Malley has captured a true vision of the the writing that matters in the 21st century! I found this here at Troy Hick blog post Still Learning How to be a Digital Writer, Digital Teacher.