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An Argument for Digital Writing in Composition Classrooms
Transcript of An Argument for Digital Writing in Composition Classrooms
"The focus of writing instruction is expanding: the curriculum of composition is widening to include not one but two literacies: a literacy of print and a literacy of the screen. In addition, work in one medium is used to enhance learning in the other."
Advantages I've found:
Increases range of student involvement.
Creates more ways to both engage and assess students.
Allows for greater creativity.
Facilitates student collaboration.
Enabales writing for the future.
Enhances students' sense of audience. Research has shown:
More writing to communicate with audiences.
Growth in depth of thinking and development of ideas.
Better student performance when taking a course (even partially) online.
Greater civic/community engagement.
Sources: Beach et al. viii, x; US Dept. of Ed. xiv-xv; McArthur Foundation/Center for Info and Research on Civic Learning Why teach
technologies? What can digital tools do for the English classroom?
Prewriting--AnswerGarden, Wordle, bubbl.us
Research--Diigo, delicious, BiblioBots
Individual feedback--Vocaroo, Dragon, Word tracking
Peer Review--Titan Pad, Google Docs, Adobe Connect
Conferencing--Skype, Zoho, Google Talk, join.us
Group Projects--Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot (or any blog site), Lulu.com, pbworks.com (wiki), MapSkip
Visual rhetoric assignments--Flickr, MovieMaker Mashups, Vokis, YouTube, Yodio, Prezi
Web portfolio--E-folio, Webs.com, Softchalk, Google Web