Using technology to connect

Welcome to PWP512-30:
Writing with 2.0 Technologies

This course is designed to engage participants in thinking about how reading, writing, and teaching in digital environments opens up the doors of our classrooms. Through class discussions, online and in-class writing opportunities, demonstrations, and course readings, participants will be asked to reflect on how technology changes what and how we teach.  Using a variety of web 2.0 applications, we will reflect of how technology can help us work with students to collaboratively create and edit documents, share resources,  and building our personal learning networks (PLNs). Teachers will not only create an online writing space for their students but will also walk away with multiple lesson ideas for how to get students writing more, writing better, and writing for an audience online.


And since this is a course on using digital technologies, one of our goals is to try to go as paperless as possible. Most of our course materials will also be available on this online site.

Considering adding these apps to your device before class:

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Our focus following our reading of Troy Hicks' The Digital Writing Workshop is to explore how we define texts.  Working with student writers in an increasingly digital and visual world, calls us to think about how we might use multimedia compositions to grow our student writers in different ways.  Hicks' writes, "Writing multimedia texts both honors our traditional understanding of what makes...a compelling lead, effective characterizations, and success use of repetition for rhetorical effect.  The elements of author's craft in new media writing can be seen as a combination of how filmmakers, photographers, radio producers, musicians, website designers, and, of course, writers think about getting their points across in a chosen medium."  This is where Hicks' heuristic of MAPS - mode, media, audience, purpose, and situation - might help us think more deeply about how we present writing/crafting lessons to our students.

What Questions Do You Have For Dr. Hicks?

But the point that we continue to return to is one that Hicks' also repeats: "The trick, of course, is not to see these additional modes and media as ones that we have to add on to the writing that we already invite students to do. "  Using digital tools to craft and compose is not about adding more things into our curriculums.  Integrating technology is about reimagining how we teach the skills and content we already teach.  How might technology help us, to quote both Lucy Calkins and Troy Hicks, "teach the writer, not the writing."  

To view this VoiceThread as a full screen, please click HERE.

Learn more about Troy Hicks' through his most recent book Crafting Digital Writing and his connected wikipage of companion resources. And just this past month, Hicks along with Kristen Hawley Turner published an article in the July English Journal titled “No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait”, which is a must read for teachers!

And a big thank you to Troy Hicks who joined us through our Google Doc backchannel and through Google Hangouts to talk about digital literarcies and writing with 2.0 tools.  You can find video from today's discussion by clicking here.

Blog Posts


Posted by Jeannie Richter on August 7, 2013 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

Is anyone else using EduBlogs?  I gave up trying to use it as a free service and upgraded to the Pro service.  In order to allow me to set up a class with students setting up their own blogs, they said I needed a Pro account.  Unfortunately my…



Posted by Jeannie Richter on August 5, 2013 at 8:01pm 0 Comments

Did anyone else have trouble using the Pearson grant for Ning-mini?  I spent a good chunk of time trying to figure it out--to see if it's something that I'll be able to use this year or if I'll have to cancel it at the end of the free 14-day…


Blog Q's

Posted by Jeannie Richter on August 5, 2013 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

So I decided last Friday at the end of our last class to switch gears on the implementation project.  I've been trying out different blog websites (Edublogs, Kidblog, Ning and schoolwires) to set up a blogging forum for students.  I'd like to…



Posted by Denise DiCocco on August 3, 2013 at 10:42am 1 Comment

I found these easy to use directions to make Wikis. Hope this helps others. Many of the topics have videos too.

Tools to Use

Posted by Lynn Parris on August 2, 2013 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

I plan to use Voice Thread for student collaboration. I love the fact that they have multiple options of ways to comment on each other's work. I also like the voice function as it will make students more real to one another. 

Another thing…


So What

Posted by Denise DiCocco on August 2, 2013 at 2:44pm 4 Comments

Wow!,what a whirlwind of a week! (Oh, alliteration!) This week I learned to remind myself to take it easy and not to try everything at once. Our theme at school is building our legacy one action at a time. I need to do this with technology. I…



Word Clouds

Started by Jeannie Richter in Let's Share! Ideas, Tools, Lessons. Last reply by Amy Dunlap Aug 2, 2013. 13 Replies

Please post your Wordle Word Clouds here for everyone to share.Continue

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Chapter 5: Publishing!

Started by Jen Ward in Let's Share! Ideas, Tools, Lessons. Last reply by Jen Ward Aug 1, 2013. 24 Replies

Let's take some time to share this morning.  Reflecting on what Hicks and many others have wrote about on the power of student publication, how have you used digital tools to help students publish?  What ideas do you have for the coming semester.…Continue


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