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Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools

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Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.
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Excellent article on digital writing tools and research. 

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Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There’s certainly a debate to be had. But it’s not one that seems to be taking place in schools or education ministries. And every time I hear of a young child turned off writing because he lacks the fine motor skills needed to master cursive, or prohibited from expressing herself freely because she’s not using the approved script, I see that our groundless obsession with cursive is not only pointless but can be destructive.
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In depth discussion of the research (or lack of research) into cursive handwriting.  

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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites

Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
As a parent, I have always said that, of course, I want my children to know how to write (in this case, I mean “handwriting”) and how to type. Even that conversation brings up some tension in our home as we think about our two girls who are “all thumbs” with their phone-typing, and two of our boys who, at best, write in school only because they “have to.” Legible handwriting (let alone cursive) is a battle for nearly all our kids, one that my wife and I have, in all honesty, fight hard each September but then give up on as the school year progresses.
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As I read this article my eyes began to cross.  What I appreciate about this article is Troy's honest voice as he attempts to parse the weeds of various standards and website claims about the efficacy of touch typing and the importance of handwriting.

 

I chose the refreshing Parent Point of View statement Troy provides because it reflects the real world of sending your kids to school

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What's so important about teaching writing? 6+1 Trait® Writing Research

What's so important about teaching writing? 6+1 Trait® Writing Research | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Evidence on the importance of writing
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How would you answer the question, "What's so important about teaching writing?"


Literacy it the road to freedom.

Writing is thinking.

If you have to ask, I hope you're not at teacher.


Here's some evidence that will help you justify teaching writing.

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17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers

17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
October 10, 2014
This post is born out of a writing assignment for my PhD course 'Focused Educational Studies". The assignment was a reflective piece on chapter 4 of Jesson et al.'s book " Doing A...

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Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago

Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Those are the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically. Students will need to use one of these standard styles, so it?s important
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Well researched article on a complex topic.  Think of this as a jumping off point for resources on the major citation styles used in research.  

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Yes - our high school students will need to learn these before they get to college... 

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:45 PM

Insight into writing in the 21 century and how digital tools are changing the game. 

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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6-Traits Resources: Voice and Research Writing

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There is an expected research paper voice and while the mode is driven by organization, voice still plays a part in this form of writing.

I'd describe the desired voice in this mode as; authoritative. Other descriptors would be strong, confident, and understanding. Lovitts 2007 p 36

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While the voice of a research report is more constrained, it's there. By helping your students learn to recognize voice you clarify the intent of the writing and help build the concept.


reference:

Lovitts, B. E. 2007 Making the implicit explicit: creating performance expectations for the dissertation. Virginia, Stylus Publishing

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:35 PM

Good for librarians and teachers....

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Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

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"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students.


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Barry Lane: Wacky We-Search

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A wacky we-search paper is when you use your research facts to funny purposes. Here are a few examples from Barry's book for kids, 51 Wacky We-search We-ports

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An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest

An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This scientific study conducted in 74 Oregon elementary schools showed that the 6+1 Trait Writing model caused a statistically significant increase in student writing scores during the year in which it was studied.
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Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium

Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition, and for PhDers and early career researchers it is worth briefly enumerating these…

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Citation is part of the research mode  writing.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 12, 2017 3:36 PM

Citations and research writing -- you can't have one without the other!

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Research
 
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Why are citations important in research writing?
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Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

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A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.
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Curated resources from a respected source. Tory Hick's WIKI is a place to go!  So go!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 31, 2016 11:26 AM

Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar's eye and a writer's voice.

 

This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays -- so many fine ideas!

 

Those interested in crafting a writer's workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation: Handwriting and Typing

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In less than a month, I will be traveling to Rhode Island to participate in the fourth annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, and part of my role will be to kick off a session on “Digital Deliberations,” specifically on the topic of “typing vs. handwriting.”
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This is part one of an intriguing series about handwriting and typing.  Troy Hicks brings a scholar's mind and a parents real world point of view to this ongoing topic of interest.

 

As a young teacher, long before the turn of the century,  I recall fiery staff room debates on what might happen if students started using word processing software.

 

I saw the clear path from touch typing to the flow of keyboard composition. Others saw the '...tools of the devil!" 

 

Ironically, I ended up being responsible in my district for replacing IBM Selectrics with Apple //s & WordStar. 

 

Take a look! Troy Hicks gives us a fascinating read for the word nerd in all of us!

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What can you do with Shakespeare in a database?

What can you do with Shakespeare in a database? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly  see articles on JSTOR that reference
the line.


JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. 

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Here's a fine tool for school, or for anyone with a love for language and a fascination for electronic intersection. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:22 PM

What librarian wouldn't love this? 21st Century Meets the 1600's. Indexed Genius. The intersection of Shakespeare, scholarship, and databases.  Ah....

Peter Balanck's curator insight, December 21, 2014 9:04 AM

Tudor technology.....

GwynethJones's curator insight, December 21, 2014 1:10 PM

The better question is, what can't you do!? LOL

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Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Luke Rodesiler
University of South Florida

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This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy? The author collected archived online artifacts (e.g., blog posts, microblog posts, and posts within social network sites) and employed an ethnographic content analysis. Findings revealed five notable contextual features that emerged across cases: multimodal affordances and a/synchronous flexibility, as seen from a surround view, and classroom teaching experiences, connections among teachers online, and a touch of levity, as seen from a weaving view. While providing directions for future research, these findings stand to support more nuanced understandings of the teacher-generated online environments to which many educators are turning in an effort to supplement their professional growth. 


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Here's an academic researcher's view of the professional learning networks created by secondary English teachers. 

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

In a recent research article published by PEW Internet under the title " The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools ", 91% of teachers surveyed report that " judging the quality of information " as the top of the digital skills students need for the future. Similarly, another 91 report that "writing effectively" as being essential skill for students while 54 % of teachers think that working with audio, video or graphic content as being important but not essential.

Reading these stats together with other sections in this research  made me think that the teachers surveyed in this study  ( so as not to fall in the blander of generalization ) put digital citizenship on top of the continuum of digital skills ; in other words, knowing how to use web tools comes secondary to knowing the reasons for which to use them, or at least that is how I interpret it. Have a look at the graph below and try to read the entire report to learn more about this study.


Click headline to view chart full screen--


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:55 PM

Digital skills students need

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Get your students to read this and then have a great, constructive discussion.
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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 

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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:17 AM

Love the gameboard format!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

larcher's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:07 AM

ajouter votre point de vue ...

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Teachers Report 'Major Impact' of Internet on Learning - National Writing Project

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 But when asked whether today's digital technologies are narrowing or widening the gap between the most and least academically successful students in an individual classroom, 44 percent of teachers said technology is narrowing the gap and 56 percent said it is widening the gap, suggesting that teachers are divided on the role technology can have on broadening or diminishing the digital divide among students.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:46 PM

The jury is still out on whether digital technology is helping or hindering student achievement.

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British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library

British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Free, full text html or pdf article on education tecnnology.  This is a rich research archive! 

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WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane!

WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This original summarizing activity was inspired by Barry Lane's awesome book, 51 Wacky We-Search Reports. Barry's fifty-one writing formats in his book teach students how to summarize (not plagiarize) facts from readings or from class notes. The book also encourages humor in the classroom, and using it will help you build a community among your student writers. If you don't own this book, but like the assignment on this page, we strongly recommend you purchase a copy.

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Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

At the School Library Journal Leadership Summit 2011, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through (Check out this SlideShare presentation : Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital ...)...

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