Writing in a Digital Age: Notes from the Tables

A site development workshop supported by the Technology Liaison Network and Technology Initiative at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting, November 2007


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Web 2.0 Classroom Implications

Possibilities:


Technology attractive to students


Cross-curricular possibilities


Integration of required literacy skills


Means of taking writing public


Multi-sensory teaching applications for students with language-based learning disabilities


Impact:


Student tech use, not presentational but engagement


Increased collaboration students builders of knowledge


Increased creativity and motivations


Student ownership


Innovative techniques encourage more meaningful learning communities


Publication for a purpose


Audience goes beyond teacher


Motivating


Engagement in technical projects remove bad behavior and encourages peer interaction


Fosters creativity


Promotes diversity


Audio/video components make students think more about their writing – gives them Voice


Inquiries:


How much can technology be substituted for the traditional emphasis on academic writing with use
of citations?


Different technologies, different uses for known technologies


Fast pace of technology is also intimidating


Infrastructure:


How to get equipment? (Students may have access)


Hardware/software availability


What tech resources are available?


What is blocked by firewall?


High speed internet available


Funding – ongoing, updated programs


School-based support:


Teaching others in the school – tech support in districts


Acceptance by Administration


Time


Many student more tech savvy than teachers


Project ideas:


Service learning hours required by same states (high school requirement) – older students make
ABCs and give to lower school students


Pull group of students together -- seniors create for elementary students – genuine purpose and audience


Alternative to peer tutoring


Students sharing – reluctant readers


HS Students record books for lower grade/ability students


Use audacity record reading/listening


Dialogue journals discussing reading transfer to online


Digital yearbooks


Use ABC movie at the end of a novel to showcase what was learned


Use digital medium to give voice to student poetry


Collaborate with pen pals in Canada (reading and writing)

Tell ABC story to promote the school – students recognize value of school


Senior with picture click to hear own life story

Freshman writing contest (similar to NPR “This I Believe” – Laws of Life)


Online writing conferences


Post parts of story through class blogmeister to offer comments/peer conference


Author Podcasts

    1. Research

    2. Discuss with recorder

    3. Podcasts (using Audacity) – posted on school’s site


  1. Literature Circles

    1. Similar to author podcasts

      1. EBoard – can upload to podcasts


  1. Monarch Watch

    1. 1st graders take pics and adding text

    2. 5th graders record text or could help facilitate


  1. ABC Movie

    1. WP Site movies

    2. New standards for social studies – Georgia

    3. Create models to take back to students


  1. Teacher read aloud

    1. To take back to schools



Implications for Sites/Professional Learning Communities

Programs/Project ideas:


Inservice – Advanced, SI


Pod and blog case continuity meetings


Student Writers’ Workshop – Anthologies on CD and linked to website


Teacher Inquiry Institute


Have WP make ABC story


New ways for class anthologies


Limit # of technology projects in SI


Indepth with only one idea


Digital storytelling to capture/promote summer institute


Develop reading out loud/recorded Cds to share throughout project districts


Extend SI through “Tech Tuesdays” and online forums


Podcasting to illustrate summer institute – PR


Just as ABC project brought together a larger technical community it can bring WP’s together
focusing on the Summer Institutes


Site inservice

Tech institute: Summer Institute, Advanced Institute


Monthly “Clicker Club” (monthly sessions, practice in-between)


Sharing technology techniques through Advanced Technology Institutes


Tech teams


Digital storytelling institute


Connecting local WP site to the global community


Tech Matters Institute (Funding?)


Site leaders providing something comparable to Betty’s Tech Tuesdays


Sites should consider some type of digital movie on websites so interested persons get the facts, faces, and voices of NWP


Needs:


Funding: Demands for service then evidence of use of service supports federal funding for hardware, software and human resources


Support from site/University about technology


Technology training, sharing ideas, hardware/programs, tutorials


Possibilities:


Collaboration with businesses in the community who can share info/presentations at our sites and maybe in our classrooms too


Open Source as a draw for community


Inquiries:


How can this further other purposes than just using tech?


How long does it take to learn the technology (Intuitive/organic acquisition?)


Plus …


“Writing is Messy”

 

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