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Using Technology to SupportWriting as a Complex Activity  Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D.            San Antonio, Texas    Int...
Using Technology to SupportWriting as a Complex ActivityThomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D. San Antonio, Texas   InternationalRead...
Using Technology to Support Writing as a Complex Activity within the Disciplines• In this session, participants will explo...
Six Shifts•   Increase Reading of Informational Text•   Knowledge in the Disciplines•   Staircase of Complexity•   Text-ba...
Cognitive Flexibility Theory• The domain of writing is ill-defined  encompassing• topical knowledge,• procedural knowledge...
Communication Model Approach (e.g., Kinneavy, 1971).
Shared Knowledge and Cognitive         Processes Model• Content                   Common Substrata  Knowledge             ...
New Literacies• Speed• Deictic• Multiplicity of  tools and  dispositions•   Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, and    Cammack (2004)
Digital TextsSource: AZAdam on Flickr
Choosing Resources• Evaluating  resources• Type of resource  (genre or mode)• Readability• Working with  Multiple Sources•...
Digital Reading Earns an F(NielsenNormanGroup,2000)                     Source:                     www.clickrmedia.com/
Close Reading• “Close reading is characterized by the  use of evidence from the text to  support analysis, conclusions, or...
Transforming Writing with      Digital Images
Impromptu Folder
Impromptu FolderWrite Me a PictureDraw Me a StoryImages and Words TogetherInfoGraphics
Write Me A PictureMichael P.      Haiku Marching   Cat FootprintsGarafalo
Mariachi
Draw Me A Story
SketchUphttp://sketchup.google.com/
Artpadhttp://artpad.art.com/artpad/painte
Pixlrhttp://pixlr.com/editor/
The school photography project
Through The Lens
Student-Created Images• Drawing  – SketchUp  – Artpad• Photography  – Pixlr  – PowerPoint and the digital camera
Using Words and Images Togetherhttp://lexipedia.com/
Words Arranged Visuallyhttp://visual.ly/coffee-flavour-wheel
Infographics• Data meets  graphics  meets words• http://visual.ly/
Images to Inspire Words
Images to Inspire Words
Digital Storytelling• Animoto• Voicethread• Example Digital Story in Voicethread
CAST Image Collectorhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/imagecollector.cfm
Composing MultiModal Text• How do words function to “anchor” and  give an interpretation of an image?• How do words functi...
ResourcesChoo, S. S. (2010). Writing through visual acts of  reading: Incorporating visual aesthetics in  integrated writi...
Contact and QR CodeThomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D.MSED Literacy ProgramsDirectortom.wolsey@waldenu.edu
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Presentation at the International Reading Association, April 19, 2013

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Using Technology to Support Writing as a Complex Activity

  1. 1. Using Technology to SupportWriting as a Complex Activity Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D. San Antonio, Texas International Reading Association
  2. 2. Using Technology to SupportWriting as a Complex ActivityThomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D. San Antonio, Texas InternationalReading Association
  3. 3. Using Technology to Support Writing as a Complex Activity within the Disciplines• In this session, participants will explore two aspects of working in digital environments: How to work with digital sources to inform their writing and How to bring together digital images and composing processes, as means for increasing language learning. Participants will learn how to use online tools their students can employ to draw or reuse images found on the Internet in service of writing as a means of learning. Examples of digital stories that combine images and words will be provided, and participants with computers or smartphones will have the opportunity to try some of the tools. By linking the parts of the brain that process images with those parts that process language, written work improves and so does student learning.
  4. 4. Six Shifts• Increase Reading of Informational Text• Knowledge in the Disciplines• Staircase of Complexity• Text-based Answers• Increase Writing from Sources• Academic Vocabulary Source: EngageNY
  5. 5. Cognitive Flexibility Theory• The domain of writing is ill-defined encompassing• topical knowledge,• procedural knowledge, and• conditional knowledge.• (Spiro, 2004; Spiro, Coulson, Feltovich, & Anderson, 2004; Spiro, Feltovich, & Coulson, 1996)
  6. 6. Communication Model Approach (e.g., Kinneavy, 1971).
  7. 7. Shared Knowledge and Cognitive Processes Model• Content Common Substrata Knowledge of Processes• Metaknowledge• Language Features• Procedural knowledge• (Fitzgerald & Shanahan, 2000) Source: S-Photos
  8. 8. New Literacies• Speed• Deictic• Multiplicity of tools and dispositions• Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, and Cammack (2004)
  9. 9. Digital TextsSource: AZAdam on Flickr
  10. 10. Choosing Resources• Evaluating resources• Type of resource (genre or mode)• Readability• Working with Multiple Sources• (Wolsey, Lapp, & Fisher, in press) Source: zapatopi.net
  11. 11. Digital Reading Earns an F(NielsenNormanGroup,2000) Source: www.clickrmedia.com/
  12. 12. Close Reading• “Close reading is characterized by the use of evidence from the text to support analysis, conclusions, or views of texts” (Wolsey, Grisham, & Hiebert, 2012, p. 2)• Slow Reading (Newkirk, 2012)
  13. 13. Transforming Writing with Digital Images
  14. 14. Impromptu Folder
  15. 15. Impromptu FolderWrite Me a PictureDraw Me a StoryImages and Words TogetherInfoGraphics
  16. 16. Write Me A PictureMichael P. Haiku Marching Cat FootprintsGarafalo
  17. 17. Mariachi
  18. 18. Draw Me A Story
  19. 19. SketchUphttp://sketchup.google.com/
  20. 20. Artpadhttp://artpad.art.com/artpad/painte
  21. 21. Pixlrhttp://pixlr.com/editor/
  22. 22. The school photography project
  23. 23. Through The Lens
  24. 24. Student-Created Images• Drawing – SketchUp – Artpad• Photography – Pixlr – PowerPoint and the digital camera
  25. 25. Using Words and Images Togetherhttp://lexipedia.com/
  26. 26. Words Arranged Visuallyhttp://visual.ly/coffee-flavour-wheel
  27. 27. Infographics• Data meets graphics meets words• http://visual.ly/
  28. 28. Images to Inspire Words
  29. 29. Images to Inspire Words
  30. 30. Digital Storytelling• Animoto• Voicethread• Example Digital Story in Voicethread
  31. 31. CAST Image Collectorhttp://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/tools/imagecollector.cfm
  32. 32. Composing MultiModal Text• How do words function to “anchor” and give an interpretation of an image?• How do words function to “relay” or contribute to the meaning of an image?• Where will the image be placed in relation to the words and why?• How much of the frame-space will the image occupy compared to the words?• Is the focal point of the text on the image or on its words and why? (Choo, 2010, p. 172)
  33. 33. ResourcesChoo, S. S. (2010). Writing through visual acts of reading: Incorporating visual aesthetics in integrated writing and reading tasks. High School Journal, 93(4), 166-176• More about Writing and Images:• http://literacybeat.com/2012/05/17/draw -me-a-story/• http://delicious.com/tdwolsey (keywords: graphics, visualization,
  34. 34. Contact and QR CodeThomas DeVere Wolsey, Ed.D.MSED Literacy ProgramsDirectortom.wolsey@waldenu.edu

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