Teaching writing in the digital age can prove challenging

Posted on Monday, 5/6/2013 1:30 pm

Many schools have embraced technological teaching tools, such as electronic whiteboards, tablet computers and student software. While these products have the potential to take instruction to another level, and can certainly increase classroom efficiency, this does not mean educational challenges will not arise along the way.

For example, it is not uncommon for writing problems to arise in the digital age. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently highlighted information from the book "Because Digital Writing Matters," which stated that writing has taken a turn for the technological.

"Writing today is pervasively and generally digital; composed with digital tools; created out of word, image, sound, and motion; circulated in digital environments; and consumed across a wide range of digital platforms," wrote the book's authors, as quoted by the DOE.

For some educators, part of the problem is the fact that they must first find the best ways to use technology for educational purposes. Then, instructors must figure out how they can use this technology to teach a diverse student population about the writing process.

Fortunately, there are ways for educators to improve their approach to teaching. The DOE's blog suggests instructors turn to the online forum Digital Is, which was developed by the National Writing Project, a network of sites dedicated to improving the quality of instruction students receive. Digital Is can be a valuable resource, as it allows teachers to interact with instructors who are more experienced in the field of digital writing. Individuals could receive the feedback they need to turn their teaching around.

When educators visit Digital Is, they will be able to peruse a collection of resources with titles such as "Create, Innovate, and Increase Student Access with iTunes U," and "Discovering the Force of Technology and Social Media in Schools."

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