The ideas presented in Because Digital Writing Matters are a rich resource for professional development. The authors of the book, as well as other educators, are using the text to spark conversation about digital writing at local, regional, and national education conferences.
Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference, 2011
In March of 2011, co-author Troy Hicks of Central Michigan University led a session at the Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference titled “Teaching the iGeneration: Because Digital Writing Matters.” In his presentation, Hicks addressed what it means to write digitally, and how to extend assessment practices to account for the complexities of writing in a digital world. Hicks made his slideshow from the presentation available (below).
Troy Hicks, along with Christina Cantrill of the National Writing Project, facilitated a presentation titled “From School to Screen: Because Digital Writing Matters” at the 2011 EduCon 2.3 in Philadelphia. Hicks and Cantrill organized small group discussions among session participants to address the big ideas presented in Because Digital Writing Matters:
- What does it mean to write digitally?
- How do we create spaces, physical and virtual, for digital writing?
- How do we extend assessment practices to account for the complexities of digital writing?
The facilitators anchored the session conversation to real classroom practice by showing a video profile of students in Oakland, California engaged in a digital writing project: Literacy, ELL, and Digital Storytelling (video embedded below).
After viewing the video, session participants connected ideas from Because Digital Writing Matters to the work presented in the classroom profile. Hicks and Cantrill distributed a “Condensed List of Traits and Actions” for digital writers, excerpted from Because Digital Writing Matters (pp. 100-2). Participants reflected upon this list in their discussion of the classroom work presented in the video.