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Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres 1st Edition

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Dr. Troy Hicks (@hickstro) is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K - 12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009), as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect! (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014). He blogs at Digital Writing, Digital Teaching. In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity. Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them. http://hickstro.org/
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 12
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (April 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325046964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325046969
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a classroom teacher interested in using more digital writing in your class or extending your use, this book is probably for you. Mr. Hicks does an amazing job explaining how traditional elements of writing are manifest differently in digital formats. He keeps the focus on solid writing instruction, but explains clearly how digital texts have different features, a different form. He covers websites, blogs, wikis, audio, video and presentations. He's really a teacher's teacher, rather than a fool trying to convince you that "digital writing is where it's at!" (which is too much of what we see these days) He clearly thinks writing is where it's at, and then here's how you can teach writing effectively in digital formats.

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.
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Troy Hicks again brings his focus to the world of digital literacy, and the result is both an insider's look at how students are composing with multimodal tools, and how teachers can bring digital possibilities into the classroom. What's refreshing here is that Hicks takes an outside view of the work, offering analytical insights into the composing practices that appears to be going on with various projects, and then expanding those ideas into connections to literacy. This book is a fantastic resource that goes beyond the sharing of student work. It provides a model for how to look at the digital compositions of students, and make sense of the choices they are making. By doing so, teachers can then better guide the compositional practices of learners.
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Great book! Fantastic connections to the CCSS. Lots of resources for teachers - embedded QR codes and explanations. Many examples from the field, organized in friendly way to help readers understand concepts.
Using ideas with my preservice teachers. :) Dr. Lindsay Grow
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Hey there,
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.
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My review comes from the perspective of homeschooling using the Classical method. Am using this resource to teach my 8th grader this year. But first, a bit of history so you know my framework for evaluating Crafting Digital Writing.

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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