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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

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There's plenty of hand-wringing over how technology is affecting communication, but an illuminating article by Clive Thompson argues that technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel.

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Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction, Part Two - TECHStyle

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These differences add an additional dimension to the range of possible writing assignments.  You can ask the students to write about (or through) the games just as they would with a more conventional literary form, but you can also assign IF-specific investigations, asking the students to think about how the genre challenges traditional notions of authorship, audience, persona, narrative, and so on.  For instance, I use Adam Cadre’s short and brutal 9:05 for an assignment on the uncomfortable fungibility of the IF player (what does it matter who is typing?), leading students to write about how texts can actively construct and reconstruct their own audiences in other genres as well.  (I should probably clarify this point by telling you how 9:05 smashes players’ assumptions, but I don’t want to spoil the twist for you.)


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Joe Pereira's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:08 AM

This is a great post in a series on how parser-based IF is being used to teach English students in higher education.

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Quip - Collaborative word processor for mobile

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With Quip, you can make your edits right in the shared document, comment on a specific section, and even chat with the other authors directly while you're all making tweaks. Tracked changes show exactly how the draft has evolved.


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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:52 PM

Seems like a cool collaborative tool!

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:08 AM

Useful for collaborative editing of the text...

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, September 21, 2013 1:22 AM

Quip läuft auf Desktop-Computern (PC und Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, und Android. Wo immer du auch bist, welches Gerät du auch benutzt - Quip ist dabei und funktioniert.

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Mit Quip können alle zur gleichen Zeit an derselben Version des Dokuments arbeiten.

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

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Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:44 PM

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