The connectivity of the internet and the latest digital technologies have opened vast new opportunities, formats, and audiences for writing. Digital writing involves more than just word processing an essay or punching out an e-mail message; students can blog, text message, chat online, or create narratives for multi-media productions.
Based on case studies, interviews with educational professionals, and a decade's worth of research, Because Digital Writing Matters offers proven strategies to equip students with the communications skills that will enable them to thrive in our information-rich, high-speed, high-tech culture. The book also
Introduces the idea of digital writing as a mode of thinking, applicable to all grades and disciplines
Examines current trends, best practices, research, and issues in the teaching of digital writing
Offers practical solutions and models for planning, implementing, and assessing digital writing initiatives and writing programs
Because Digital Writing Matters reveals what teachers, administrators, and parents can do to meet the writing challenge in our nation's schools.
"Coming not a moment too soon, Because Digital Writing Matters is required reading for every educator and concerned citizen in our society." Patricia Lambert Stock, professor emerita, Michigan State University, and visiting professor, The University of Maryland, College Park
"An important and useful booka much-needed guide to the teaching of digital writing, with examples of teachers' exemplary practice." Charles Moran, professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT (NWP), founded in 1974, is a nationwide network of educators, working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation's schools and in other settings. The revised edition of their bestselling book, Because Writing Matters, is also available from Jossey-Bass. For more information on NWP, visit www.nwp.org.
Dànielle Nicole DeVoss is an associate professor and director of the Professional Writing Program at Michigan State University. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl directs National Programs and Site Development at the NWP at the University of California, Berkeley. Troy Hicks is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University, where he also directs the Chippewa River Writing Project.
I think some of the students who are learning to use various forms of digital writing would be able to give ideas.
Writing with hyperlinks may seem groundbreaking, but it's really just what the writers do in this book by citing references inline with their text.
I've already read quite a few books on teaching composition and general writing...and I couldn't see anything revolutionary about this one.
This book is a great overview of digital literacy and how to incorporate it into your writing classroom. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jessbcuz
I think most teachers and the general public realize that technology has had a huge impact on our culture at large. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by choiceweb0pen0
I'm a huge fan of the National Writing Project and a member of a local chapter. I loved and would recommend the first book Because Writing Matters to anyone who teaches writing... Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Julie
I teach post-secondary information systems/computing courses, and some include digital writing as a component. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by CG
The book points out the usual problems associated with school technology: lack of equipment, outdated equipment, and teachers lacking technology skills and knowledge. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by DSB
As someone who spends a significant part of her life writing online, this book intrigued me. I already believed that digital writing matters and I didn't need to be convinced. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Katie C. Nelson
Maintaining currency is one of the hardest things to do when writing about things digital. "Because Digital Writing Matters" is not attempting to stay current with the most recent... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by llscribe
Because Digital Writing Matters is a book that teachers should read. If you began teaching before computers were in almost every classroom, it is a great source to help you... Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Lost In Kansas
I've read many books and articles lately on what educational technology can, should, or will do; this is the first to identify what it DOES. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Kevin L. Nenstiel