- Integrating new literacies into the teaching of reading and writing
- Examining elements of author's craft in digital writing
- Designing effective digital writing assignments
- Assessing students' digital writing projects
Troy Hicks (@hickstro) is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts, Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres, and The Digital Writing Workshop. He blogs at Digital Writing, Digital Teaching. In 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity. Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them.