Because Digital Writing Matters

Because Digital Writing Matters Book CoverJust released by the National Writing Project and published by Jossey-Bass, Because Digital Writing Matters features a number of NWP teacher consultants and was co-authored by Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Troy Hicks.

Hicks, founding director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, has worked on a number of technology and literacy initiatives over the course of his many years of experience with the National Writing Project, including the first two invitational summer institutes of CRWP.

The book is described as follows on NWP website: “Because Digital Writing Matters, a new book from the National Writing Project (NWP), looks at what educators, parents, and policymakers can do to help schools meet the challenges of new digital literacies and to equip students with the technology-related communication skills they need to thrive in school and in the global workplace.” Including discussions of curriculum, teaching, assessment, and infrastructure, the book provides resources about the many audiences, purposes, and forms of digital writing.

For a conversation with the authors, visit the NWP website.

For further discussion about the book, visit the Because Digital Writing Matters Facebook Page.

Central Michigan University Hosts National Writing Projects of Michigan Annual Network Retreat

Technology was a key topic of discussion during the Summer Retreat.

Monday, August 9th marked the opening events of the National Writing Projects of Michigan annual network retreat on the grounds of Central Michigan University’s Mt. Pleasant campus.  The three-day retreat drew in NWPM members from all across the state, encompassing most of the eleven sites that make up the NWP’s Michigan network.  For many, the event was not just an opportunity to socialize with colleagues both near and far, but the chance to look ahead to the development of future collaborative efforts between sites as each makes plans for the year to come.

CMU’s Kathryn Koch, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and Pamela S. Gates, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomed participants Monday evening with opening addresses.  Guest speakers, meanwhile, included NWP national coordinators Christina Cantrill and Paul Oh, who presented on digital networking spaces and highlighted their latest projects.  Danielle DeVoss, co-author of the upcoming Because Digital Writing Matters, invigorated participants with her opening presentation “Digital Is…”, while updates from the Holocaust Educators Network and a colorful book display offered NWPM members fresh ideas for future work.

Aram Kabodian, Red Cedar WP, and Karen Chichester, Eastern Michigan WP, discuss uses of educational technology during one of the NWPM sessions.

Participants spent the day on Tuesday sharing their local site work related to the summer institute, continuity, professional development, and youth/community programs. One partipant noted that “the opportunity to hear voices from all the other Michigan sites reconnects us as a network.  The sessions stimulated and grew my/our site’s thinking.  Thank you for providing this time and space to work together.” Finally, on Wednesday, participants joined in a “town hall”meeting about the ideas presented over the course of the retreat, and left with many ideas for their sites.

The annual retreat marked CRWP’s second participation since its official launching in 2009.