“We believe new technologies can advance both the teaching and learning of writing.” —The National Commission on Writing in American Schools and Colleges,
The Neglected ‘R’: The Need for a Writing Revolution, 2003.
Years later and we’re still waiting to see how it can really be done.
The wait is over.
“In clean, clear prose that unravels the labyrinth of new terms and applications, Troy guides us towards a writing workshop for this age. His steady, smart advice eases the transition between the elements of writing workshop we know matter to the tools that can take each to a new place, one comfortably familiar, but with a decidedly updated feel. And this man has his priorities straight. He focuses first on the writer, then on the writing, and lastly on the technology.”
Author of Write Beside Them
Troy Hicks holds sight on good writing workshop instruction. Where others have talked about new technologies and how they change writing, Hicks shows you how to use new technologies to enhance the teaching of writing you already do. Chapters are organized around the familiar principles of the writing workshop: student choice, active revision, studying author’s craft, publication beyond the classroom, and assessment of both product and process. In each chapter you’ll learn how to expand and improve your teaching by smartly incorporating new technologies like wikis, blogs, and other forms of multimedia. Throughout, you’ll find reference to resources readily available to you and your class online. He also includes a practical set of lessons for how to use wikis to explore a key concept in digital writing: copyright.
New literacies are developing around us at what sometimes seems like the speed of light. It’s hard to keep it all in focus. Let Troy Hicks guide you through the complexities of what it all means for your classroom so your students’ writing can grow right in step with our changing times and technologies.
Troy Hicks hosts a companion website where teachers are connecting, sharing ideas, and learning more about teaching digital writing in K-12 classrooms.
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