digital literacies

by Sharon Murchie and Janet Neyer   We met in 2015 at the Chippewa River Writing Project’s Summer Institute. Janet was a returning CRWP Teacher Consultant and Sharon was a Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher Consultant joining the CRWP for the summer.  When given the opportunity in the institute to fashion our own inquiry project on writing, we both identified the research process as an area that...
4T_dwc_logo_2 (3).jpg When crafting definitions, it’s helpful to break terms and concepts apart. And I think that’s useful to answer the question raised in this post’s title: what’s the 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing? Short answers might include: An online gathering of amazing educators A well-designed virtual learning experience An extended...
The apps and extensions that help power our Google Apps for Education paperless classroom   This is the third in a five-part series about favorite apps and extensions for Google Chrome and Google Drive.   In the first post in this series, I covered some essential tools for managing the new apps and extensions that you’ll want to add to your Chrome browser. In the second, I shared tools that help...
Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
One of the most difficult challenges of teaching first-year writing at the university level is moving students from a set of tightly held, prescriptive beliefs about what constitutes good writing into a space where they can broadly consider the unique rhetorical situation of every composition. Each semester, multiple students tell me they’ve never written anything for school other than a five-...
I am apologizing upfront for my digression. I am starting with a digression and hopefully it will make sense to you. It does to me. Last week I had a lovely brunch with a friend of mine. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought dessert menus. The man I was with ordered a lavish dessert.  I made it clear that I did not want dessert.  The waiter listened, but then said, "I'll bring an extra fork...
As a new doc student, you find yourself repeatedly answering the versions of the same two questions. Question 1: How long will it take to complete your program? A:  I’m not sure. Unlike going to law school or medical school, which is completed in a set number of years, a Ph.D. requires several years of coursework plus a dissertation, or original research project. The variables inherent in any...
We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on my own entry point into this work as a way to illustrate why I think “...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, started off marvelously yesterday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This first webinar, Networked Classrooms: Providing Equitable Access to Connected Learning, is now archived. This webinar...
mr__photographer_3d_by_raphis-d4p94b5.jpg TL;DR version: This post is the second in a series of posts in which I reflect on events and discussions from #LRA13 in Dallas, TX. This post focuses on the changing nature of writing, multimediating, and online spaces.I've been very much interested in "writing" and how it's changed while using digital texts and tools. I...

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