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From School to Screen: Because Digital Writing Matters

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Session Three: Saturday 3:00pm–4:30pm
Room 304
Troy Hicks, Christina Cantrill
Affiliation: Chippewa River Writing Project, National Writing Project
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

In the fall of 2010, the National Writing Project released a new book, Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass). Telling the stories of over a dozen teacher leaders, this book defines digital writing and examines how best to integrate new technologies into writing instruction through discussions of digital writing practices and ecologies, as well as through examination of curricular goals and assessments. In the spirit of contributing to the discussion about digital writing, this session invites participants to explore how and why digital writing has become (or not become) a part of their teaching practice.

In particular, participants will be introduced and engaged in discussion about the major points from the book: what does it mean to write digitally? How do we create spaces, physical and virtual, for digital writing? How do we extend assessment practices to account for the complexities of digital writing? By viewing examples of digital writing and teaching practices, participants will delve deeper into what it means to teach twenty-first century literacies, engaging in active collaboration during the session using such tools as Google Docs and Twitter, while also sharing examples from their own teaching practice.

Conversational Practice:
By examining examples of teacher and student work, we will participate in small group discussions and use Voice Thread (or similar tools) to comment on that work, contributing to a resource collection for the NWP Digital Is Website


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