- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470407727
- ISBN-13: 978-0470407721
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
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Published in 2010, some of the information and resources in this volume might be a bit outdated already, but the framework for implementing a digital writing ecology (a term that the authors explain expertly) remains helpful to digital writing novices as well as veterans. Perhaps most impressive is the authors’ insistence on foregrounding teaching and learning objectives within the context of technology and digital resources. They advocate matching the tool (digital or otherwise) to the task rather than crafting objectives around the available technology.
Whether discussing rationale, strategies for implementation, standards, assessment, or professional development, the authors ground their thinking in sound pedagogy and real world contexts.
One of the roles of teachers has to be to help students develop the critical skills they need to understand digital media and their role in it. This book is especially interesting because it illustrates how teachers are using collaborative media in their classrooms and how they use multimedia to enhance teaching and learning to provide meaningful educational experiences for students, not to use technology for technology's sake.
This book gives a lot to think about but it also gives practical and useful ideas for integrating technology into our writing classrooms - not in isolated ways but in integrative ways that use multiple technologies and teach students, yes, and teachers, to use multimedia to enrich writing and enhance the experience of the classroom. Computers are not something we do, but something we use in every part of our lives.
The National Writing Project is an organization, a collective effort among teachers, writers and students to teach and learn about writing and teaching writing. I don't know of any NWP book that was not thoughtful and timely. This is a great resource of ideas and strategies for writing teachers.
So, the basic idea of this book is that as teachers, we want and need to have all the best tools available to help our students master writing and literacy. Traditional literacy deals with the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This book deals with both theory and practical methods for augmenting instruction of traditional literacy skills with increasingly-critical skills in digital, visual, and informational literacies.
Topics include rationale of why digital writing is crucial in today's world; the relationship of digital writing = writing + reading + listening + collaborating; digital formats like word processing, power point presentations, audio and video, social networks, blogs, email, RSS, etc.; addressing the challenges of integrating computers into classrooms, lesson plans, etc.; tools and techniques for classroom use; using digital tools to support proven traditional writing practices (like process strategies); "digital ecology" of rapidly-changing writing environments; activities to help students avoid plagiarism; standards and assessments for digital writing, including detailed examples and best practices; professional development ideas; creating learning networks; and finally a chapter on future directions to improve student learning.
All teachers, from math to social studies, could benefit from the ideas presented by the NWP, and ideas in the book are presented from numerous perspectives, NOT just English-and-reading-teacher-centric. Honestly, I would recommend it for anyone who teaches upper elementary to secondary levels, and anyone else who is interested in this topic. It has been a wonderful resource for my Literacy class, and I'm sure will come in handy again when I take the "Students Using Technology" class. It wouldn't surprise me to see this on the required reading lists in the future.
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The authors' definition of digital writing is "compositions created with, and oftentimes for reading and/or viewing on, a computer...Read more