Entries Tagged as 'digital writing'
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?
Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools
November 19, 2011 · No Comments · digital writing
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 9, 2011 · 1 Comment · digital writing, iPad in Education
This is an overview of a classroom literacy project where students used iPads to create their own Digital Documentary.
All of the student-created animal videos can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/channels/animalproject.
This is interesting until it reached the point where the teacher talked about the technology and the skills needed. We have move away from talking about the technology but talking about the learning that is taking place. However, there is great conversation about the writing process using the technology.
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.
November 10, 2010 · No Comments · 21st Century Literacies, digital writing, literacy
November 5, 2010 · 2 Comments · Digital Literacies, digital writing
Tuesday, Election Day, November 2, Because Digital Writing Matters arrived and I spent two hours reading slowly the introduction and the first two chapters. Then I backed tracked and tweeted my notes. I used the hashtag #bdwm for most tweets- I simply forgot on the others. My son asked me the question about what I thought of student who sold their notes online. His is sophomore in High School. And my thought turned to tweeting! What if student tweeted their notes as they read and share the notes. Below is chapter two notes from “Revising the Writing Process” Digital Writing Matters by DeVoss, Eidman-Aadahl, and Hicks.