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Exploring Author's Craft

Written by Troy Hicks
February 28, 2011

Teachers Teaching Teachers – 10/07/09 – Exploring Author’s Craft in Digital Writing

Troy Hicks, Dawn Reed, Aram Kabodian, Sharon Murchie, and Shannon Powell. Hosted by Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim.

We know that good writer’s capture our attention with catchy intros and carefully use details to build their ideas in written text. But, what does the craft of writing look like in digital spaces? In this episode, we talk about how students craft audio, video, and multimedia texts using digital writing tools. Highlights of the conversation include:

  • 3:00 – Troy describes the MAPS heuristic (Mode/Media, Audience, Purpose, and Situation)
  • 18:15 – Troy introduces Dawn and the podcasting project 
  • 21:00 – scripts moving from oral to written 
  • 24:30 – Troy talking about editing and revising podcasts
  • 29:10 – Troy introduces Aram and the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project
  • 31:20 – Paul asks about crafting a lead in the PSA 
  • 35:45 – Paul asks about length of the PSA 
  • 38:00 – Paul asks about applying MAPS 
  • 42:00 – Troy introduces Sharon and she talks about the Senior Exit Project and how the presentation should take on a “bigger topic.” She also discusses using Karl Fisch’s video as a mentor text 
  • 46:50 – Sharon describes her goal of having students present a final project by being able to “Press play and walk away” 
  • 48:00 – Paul asks about citations and attribution  
  • 50:50 – Troy introduces Shannon who talks about SSR (sustained silent reading) from RSS (real simple syndication)
  • 57:30 – Roundtable discussion of favorite digital writing tools: Dawn (recording voices), Aram (wiki), Sharon (Google Docs) and Shannon (digital story)

Open TTT – October 14 2009.mp3



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