Creating Your Digital Writing Workshop

Troy Hicks


February 27, 2010

As you view "The Networked Student," we will watch with two sets of lenses: First, think about how technology has affected your students writing as well as how it has affected you as a teacher of writing -- strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. In short, what is the message?
  • Having access to the tools and the websites
  • The strengths for me are that students can collaborate and organize
  • Very much student driven, authentic
  • Technology has allowed students to be better writers and have access to more resources
  • They can research and find current, active information
  • Students struggle with open assignments and still need guidance from teachers
  • Teach students to evaluate website (determine valid argument, evaluation, etc.)
  • Slant writing - new perspectives on old topics
  • Students get to show off with digital technologies, which is good, but they also forget the basic directions
  • Students love to spend time on the digital tools, not on the assignment itself or the writing at times
  • Students may be distracted by technology
  • Technology roles may be changing, teachers may now be the tech teachers within the curriculum
  • Technology may lead to a better product with writing
  • Issues of time, access, focus, etc. are all pieces to consider

Second, watch it as an example of author's craft for digital writing? What are the technical and rhetorical skills that this student needed to have in order to compose this text? How are these indicative of "21st century literacies?"

Skills needed to be able to create a digital text
  • strong sense of audience and tools
  • own abilities and organizational skills; organized and focused
  • ability to break down into steps students can work with
  • we wonder what focus do we need to give students, such as a focused area of articles
  • synthesize information
  • evaluation and decision making
  • study, read, review, study again, but we need to break down skills of study and explaining how to follow the steps
  • composition skill, long enough to accomplish goal, but also short enough to keep interest
  • collaboration and networking in and outside the classroom
  • ability to form questions and communicating with others
  • figure out what to do with the information - to synthesize it, to build knowledge base with perspective
  • deconstruction with change of roles between teachers and students
  • ability to explain or teach
  • knowledge making, observation and inquiry skills
  • inquiry driven
  • collaboration on assignment

other tips from Troy
  • check out the Common Craft show
  • students figure out how to deliver information
    • students now remix other styles with permissions
    • adaptations of structure (Common Craft- style; white board; voice - humming, humorous, familial tone - conversational over instructional, narrator to follow needed female voice; drawings; sense of humor; compositional skills utilized in digital way; bells and whistles aren't needed; simple language - understanding of audience)
    • elements of how student is taught and learning; student needs to pick mode and media to audience and purpose and "text" fits into larger discourse, borrow and cite for how to be part of the discusssion

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