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Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres 1st Edition
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Additionally, he makes clear connections to the Common Core, in case you need to justify why all your students are writing a blog this year. He clearly uses a lot of the tools he suggests.
His resources and suggestions are amazing and useful. His student examples are (mostly) inspiring.
Great book for ELA teachers.
Using ideas with my preservice teachers. :) Dr. Lindsay Grow
I'm an English Ed. student getting ready to enter my year of student teaching, so this is by no means the opinion of a seasoned vet. That said, of the three digital writing texts we examined in my Teaching Writing course, I thought Crafting Digital Writing the best.
I like the methodical way Hicks organized this book. Each of the chapters for the five major digital writing content areas--web texts, presentations, audio, video, and social media--mirrors the others in structure so that it's easy to look up the information you need. I also like that he starts each section with a professional mentor text, giving teachers a good idea of what each chapter is about from the outset and also high standard to compare their students work to.
There is one aspect of the book's organization that does not make sense to me. The FAQs (Frequently Argued Questions) section of the book is brilliant. In it, Hicks tackles many questions that digital literacy doubters may have, and presents convincing arguments that might get them to buy into his methodology. You'd think that he would lead off with these arguments. Instead he buries them in chapter eight. Someone who needed to be convinced of the value of digital texts probably isn't going to make it through to the last chapter. It's a minor quibble, but I thought I'd bring it up in case anyone sitting on the fence wants to give Crafting Digital Writing a shot. If you're not sure how much you want to get into the whole digital writing thing, do yourself a favor and flip straight to the FAQs.
Also of note, if you have your smart phone or tablet handy while you read, you can scan the QR codes that show up every few pages to get direct links to additional information and supplemental research data.Read more ›
Per Susan Bauer's recommendation in her book " The Well Educated Child" (another great resource) we have been using Rod & Staff's English curriculum and are wonderfully satisfied. The curriculum has helped bring my son from well-below average in English to average in just two years. BUT, the R&S is dated and doesn't even touch the subject of online writing.
So I really took a lot of time to look what is currently available to help kids learn and improve their digital skills from a more typical text book approach. I read the National Teachers Council on Writing in the 21st Century, (See: http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Press/Yancey_final.pdf), among other online resources and it seems that Troy Hicks is one of the leaders in this area. Hence, our purchase.
So far, am not disappointed. My 8th grader is not reading through the book (I've done that) but instead, he is taking selected pieces out of the book/wiki (like the provided Writers Craft table) and creating his own notebook on this area. This book and the teachers article mentioned above, have interested my son who DOES NOT like writing (can there be any more of an understatement?). It has provided a reality-based view of what "writing" is in today's world.
Truthfully, am not sure the 5 stars I'm given the book is by itself or in the accompaniment of the wiki that supports the book. (See: https://digitalwritingworkshop.wikispaces.com/Crafting_Digital_Writing).
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If you're looking for ways to bring digital writing into your classroom, look no further.
Hicks offers a multitude of ways to incorporate and assess different types of... Read more
Mr. Hicks is very knowledgeable and I respect his work. Composing texts is a topic that can be daunting to read.Published 10 days ago by katherine
I highly believe that digital literacy is an extremely important skill for all students to possess. The ability to navigate search engines, a general understanding of what is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer