what is digital is?

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, was interviewed at the recent Digital Media and Learning Conference about writing in today's context and in the future, as well as the role of educators in teaching writing.  ...Now we can see that the tools are not the issue and, in fact, they are becoming ever easier to use. They allow us to...
Do you feel like there are more resources in Digital Is than you have time and energy to dig into? Make it into a game!   Using the list of traits and characteristics of 21st Century learners as it appears in Because Digital Writing Matters, we created Digital Is Bingo!   NWP Digital Is BINGO template_1.jpg   Each box's word or term is related to one or more...
The Digital Is website hosts a growing collection of stories, reflections, and resources about teaching and learning writing in a digital age. As the collection grows, we hope to maintain a certain point of view about teaching and the practice of writing: heavy on reflection, open to inquiry, focused on authentic student accomplishment.
Writing and publishing on the Internet can open up new avenues to engage with the world around us.  Our words and images can go farther, our audiences can be broader and more diverse, and we can join in collective efforts of surprising scale.  We have, in short, new ways to participate.  In the video above, for example, teachers and students in an elementary classroom in Philadelphia share their...
It may be as simple as inviting high school students to create a daily video to present the morning announcements as the Harris Experience, above, depicts.  But what do we learn along the way that helps us grow in the art and craft of composition writ large? No matter what our chosen form or the media, growing as a writer involves developing knowledge of craft.  New forms and new media demand new...
The video above, Oakland State of Mind, is but one example of the kinds of multisensory/multimodal digital compositions that can now be created by almost anyone with access to new digital tools. What used to be produced by specialists now can be made by all of us.  This music video, developed by youth and mentors associated with Youth Roots, a community organization in Oakland, CA, demonstrates...
Originally presented at a 2009 NWP convening, Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, from Michigan State University, takes a pass at naming what digital is ... "digital is now and then; networked; collaborative; multimodal; re-mediated; remixed; and policed, and requires critical thinking and can be democratic" Digital is the way we write today.  So what does that mean for us as teachers, students, writers,...
In this short take from a video interview conducted at Education Week's Leadership Forum in 2010, Chris Lehmann of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia articulates ideas that are at the heart of the Digital Is vision of professional conversation in a digital age. (Regrettably, the video embed comes with an advertisement.) It's a conversation that is definitely NOT about shiny new tools. It...