audience

      Once students (at all three campuses) had completed and published their analyses on the class blog site, students were then asked to respond to each other. Student online response has to be carefully constructed. If not, there is the danger that superficial comments (those reminiscent of myspace comments) can take over. Because our goal was to create a space of thoughtful dialog we created...
  Overall, the results were fantastic! Students original analysis were thoughtful examples of critical thinking in action. Students were enthusiastic and excited about participating in a online writing environment. Because they were publishing on a website, they were more careful to produce a finished product. The students’ discussions with one another were thoughtful and insightful. They...
Here are some resources that may help you use blogs in your own class.
      Over the last several years, I've looked for ways to use technology to enhance my classroom practice, students' critical thinking, and student engagement. In 2008, I was introduced to blogs as a way to make students' writing public. The following reflections discuss the rationale and steps I used to implement blogs in my classroom in a way that not only fostered critical engagement with...
Every day community colleges students are bombarded with texts that aim to sway their opinions, entice them to buy products, or ask them to think a particular way about a political candidate, the classes they might take, or the issues that concern them. As readers and writers in the digital age, a fellow community college colleague and I felt that it was important for students to think through,...
      Since the students were going to contribute a piece of writing to the web, we wanted them to investigate the rhetorical purposes and moves behind online documents. So, we created an assignment, that supported by class readings and discussion, asked them to analyze one of eight websites, to identify the intended audience, identify appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) in use, and to discuss the...
This collection highlights three of the many excellent resources tagged voice and audience on the Digital Is website. Important elements of the digital classroom—inquiry, emerging experts, and a pedagogy of collegiality—are clearly themes in the work of these classrooms.
It started as a contest. I had wanted to use iMovie in one of my classes, but I wanted to have a clear purpose. It developed into a project that shifted focus from the technology to the audience. And that’s where the power of creating Public Service Announcements really lies. When students have an authentic audience—one beyond the classroom—then their work becomes more purposeful and more...
Keywords: audience, peer
This podcast is taken from my chapter in our book Teaching the New Writing: Teaching, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom. This section deals with an interesting element that I noticed when younger students arrived to listen/read the digital books, and it demonstrates some of the flexibility that writers with digital tools might have when the audience is part of the conversation.
by Dawn Reed I believe in the power of voice. As an English Language Arts teacher, I value voice in writing, speaking, and as a means to critical thinking or engaging in ideas. I want my students to know they have something to contribute and can insert their “oar” in life’s many conversations. When preparing to teach a speech class, I knew that I wanted students to experience an audience that...

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