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Mar 05 2012

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl: Re-envisioning Writing for a Networked Age


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 new things and expand our capacity to make things, yet deep, consistent issues remain at the center: what am I saying? Is what I have to say warranted? Have I been accurate and credible? Have I crafted something that my reader and my audience can take in? Am I listening to response and looking at my drafts iteration by iteration?

The writing doesn’t get any easier just because we are not doing it with a pen and paper. Even when mechanical creation is easy, it’s so important to slow oneself down and to take one’s text quite seriously. It’s not about how pretty or glossy the final product is. If we don't hold on to that in writing instruction -- the search for meaning and communication in relation to context, purpose and audience --then we will lose a tremendous thing.

Read the full interview (from the DMLcentral Newsletter).

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