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  2. 2. Digital Writing The Core of Technology Integration Mindi RenchLiteracy Coach, Northbrook Junior High Twitter: @mindi_r
  3. 3. What is “digital writing”? • In Because Digital Writing Matters, the National Writing Project defines digital writing as “compositions with, and oftentimes for reading or viewing on, a computer or other device that is connected to the internet.” • NWP goes on to point out that “today’s network connectivity allows writers to draw from myriad sources, use a range of media, craft various types of compositions representing a range of tools and genres, and distribute that work almost instantaneously and sometimes globally.”
  4. 4. NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment • Suggests teachers frame questions about theri curriculum, instruction, and assessment around broad themes to help students • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally • Design and share information for global communities that have a variety of purposes • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneously presented information • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by complex environments
  5. 5. Digital Writing and the Common Core • Writing Standard 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. • Writing Standard 8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  6. 6. Google Docs• Access from both Macs & PCs.• Allows for collaboration through sharing.• Saves different versions.• Word processing and presentations.
  7. 7. Edmodo• Edmodo is “a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students, and schools. Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real- time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades, and school notices.”• Use to connect students across classrooms for collaboration and discussion. Extend learning beyond the school day (and walls).
  8. 8. Blogging• Opens student writing to a larger audience.• Allows for feedback and some discussion.• Closed platforms such as provide safety and security for students.
  9. 9. Animoto• Easily create slideshows set to music.• Share with real audiences.• An example:
  10. 10. Padlet• Similar to a pinboard or a pad of sticky notes.• Collaborate within or between classes.• Endless possibilities.
  11. 11. fakebook• Create a fake facebook page for a character or historical figure•
  12. 12. TodaysMeet• Create a backchannel where students can become active participants in the class presentation• Similar to Twitter, but private
  13. 13. Resources• Books • Because Digital Writing Matters by the National Writing Project • Adolescents and Digital Literacies by Sara Kajder • The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hicks • iWrite by Dana J. Wilber• Blogs • • • •