The Teacher Tip
Find Out What Kids are Doing Online
September 8, 2017
Adapted from Crafting Digital Writing by Troy Hicks
A recent extensive ethnographic study shows that young people participate in online activities in varying degrees (Ito et al., 2009). Each type of participation includes different levels of engagement
- Hanging out-participating in social media, watching videos, and casual web surfing
- Messing around—playing games informally and designing websites or other online materials
- Geeking out—creating high-quality remixes, fully participating in online gaming
Ask: What are your students doing online? How might your work with them in the classroom relate to their online interests? How can the writing they do in your class will help them as they create their digital footprint?
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