PLWP planned a final face to face meeting of their online book study for Because Digital Writing Matters for Feb. 22, 2011. Troy Hicks, one of the co authors, was to present an all day PD session for the St. Joseph School District and then follow up with a dinner meeting with our online book study group. Because of a snow storm Troy could not get a flight out of Michigan.
Amazing Northwest Missouri was snow free that day. Troy did a video presentation with us. The only disappointing part was we didn’t get our books autographed.
Below is part of the Google docs from Feb. 22, 2011.
Why does digital writing matter?
● “How much of a battle to write or not to write–no matter what venue we use–isn’t it just a choice of tools in the end? Isn’t it choosing your weapon, so to speak?” ~Leayn Losh
● Digital writing matters because the ecology of composition matters. The new biological-technological interface of writing allows for new landscapes to be uncovered and old ones navigated in new ways. Digital writing is not a new skill, but a new place, a new way, to implement our skills. -Steve Moore
● Digital writing matters because students compose, live, and interact rhetorically in digital environments—instruction using digital environments takes this into account and helps students see that writing can be relevant to their lives in very practical ways. Purpose and context have always been difficult to get students to appreciate since assignment can seem removed from the world and just be assignments; digital environments provide context and purpose. ~Mike Cadden
● Digital writing matters because texts are no longer just composed to be consumed on a white page in black ink. As a digital audience, we are affected by the way in which images, sound, and text come together, and we need to be mindful of (and teach our students to be mindful of) the way these pieces come together to create meaning, both for us as an audience and as writers. ~Kyla Ward
● This is where our students are living, and we will have to join them whether we like it or not
● It allows all learners to communicate: if I can see, hear, and touch something it sticks in my mind longer
● We have no choice – digital pieces are changing texts. We know longer read and write linearly.
● Offers immediate feedback
● Thinking about “digital” vs “new media” — it’s a lot like regular writing, but in a different form; new media allows for new genres and forms — Katie
● I think digital writing matters because it is all around us. It is engaging to both teachers and students. As our culture changes to value digital information, we also must learn to value it if we don’t already. It will mean we may get frustrated or feel like we are not tech savvy. It may even mean our students may know more than us. We must remember, as educators we have committed to being lifelong learners. –Misty Burright
● Digital Composing means creating and sharing and those are inherently human endeavors. I would also say that being literate in digital composing/writing means being able to participate fully and in an informed way in our democracy. And I would argue that should be one of our main goals as educators – to give students the ability to be informed and critical participants in our democracy. (Paul Oh @poh on twitter)
● Digital writing matters because it is ubiquitous, because it is familiar to many of the students we already teach or soon will be teaching, because it utilizes tools that traditional writing might not and because it has the power to initiate mass movements and revolutions as we are currently witnessing in several places around the globe. (Valore Stokes) Yay for initiating mass movements and revolutions! (Kyla)
● Why does digital writing matter? It matters because it is our future…we are the facilitators of the Guttenberg press of the 21st century. We are the pioneers of the technology frontier. We have to make it matter to ensure that we teach our children how to embrace the new frontier—Melissa A. Robinson
● In a world where our students are engaging in a digital world more and more, it is important to also teach them how to interact in digital spaces in a manner where they will leave a positive digital footprint. Our students need to understand that writing digitally is essentially a way to create a global portfolio that will follow them for years to come. (@DrDial) <–response from a principal in St. Joe who is following this discussion on Twitter, real digital collaboration in action
● Should we distinguish between writing and composing generally? Writing happens in a context that has to be understood by a reader without further explanation. “Reading” the writing of lyrics is different than listening to the song.
○ So then, what is composing?
○ A process. But when composing is “finished,” there is a written text that has to work.
○ So, a composition, if I follow, is the finished written product?
○ I think so. I wonder if some distinction among areas is necessary–composition may not be the same across all fields. When is it “finished”?
There is a saying in the art world “Finished art finishes art” Stacey Meyer .So maybe it does not get “finished”.<–I was thinking this! No writing is ever finished -Steve Moore
○ At some point the writer has to walk away from the process. When the writer can and does walk away, it has to articulate what the writer wants articulated without further explanation. Mike
■My students, who just finished writing memoirs, were reminded time and again, that their writing would never truly be finished. =)-Kyla Ward
● Thinking about how these tools challenge our ideas about collaboration and plagiarism
● “Is that writing?”
○ Shift from “writing” to “composing”
○ Connecting reading and writing — we are working in thoughts
Right before we started the session, I was trying to let Katie Kline know about a focus of some librarians (and other interested parties) right now–transliteracy–the group defines that term as: the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. That concept has made me more comfortable in thinking about these various realms and how they help us develop and refine our sense of literacy overall. Here’s a link to the group’s Ning: http://bit.ly/dYmVRa (Valorie Stokes)