#IRAchat Highlights: Digital Writing in the Classroom
The International Reading Association hosted its first Twitter chat on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The topic - "Digital Writing in the Classroom" - attracted educators from kindergarten through post-secondary classrooms. Here are some of the highlights:
- Question 1: What advantages do digital writing tools have over traditional counterparts?
- — Rena Hawkins (@renathunderhawk)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:09:02#1 Opportunity to integrate speaking skills and practice oral reading fluency of own writing through voice overs. #IRAchat
- — Julie D. Ramsay (@JulieDRamsay)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:09:10A1: I feel that digital tools give students the ability to write for an authentic audience. Their voices can have a global audience #IRAchat
- — Anne-Marie Middleton (@AnneMidd)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:11:09A1 Not only can Sts work with each other on google docs but great sharing with teacher, feedback, any time not just school hours. #IRAchat
- Although most agreed that digital tools were a surefire way to motivate and engage learners, they also pointed out that using the tools must be meaningful for them to have a place and purpose in the classroom.
- — Laren Hammonds (@_clayr_)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:11:14I think we have to be careful abt assuming that tech = more engaging. The shine wears off quickly. Must be meaningful to students. #IRAchat
- — Julie D. Ramsay (@JulieDRamsay)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:13:50
- — Seymour Simon (@seymoursimon)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:20:34#IRAchat let's realize that as teachers, digital writing is not a panacea, we still have to teach and motivate young writers.
- — EduSprocket (@EduSprocket)Thu, Jul 18 2013 18:02:01http://www.littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/177973 …lesIRAchatto…. #IRAchat digital tales that display student learning outcomes
- Question 2: What difficulties have you run into with digital writing & how have you overcome them?
- — Rena Hawkins (@renathunderhawk)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:17:35Q2 Teachers need to be able to learn digital tools with the students. It is okay not to be the expert. #IRAchat
- — Vanessa Jackson (@VanessaAJackson)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:18:00A2 Biggest difficulty is convincing Ts that Ss are writing when there is no pencil/paper involved. #IRAchat
- — Lindsey Brewer (@TeachesNTennies)Thu, Jul 18 2013 17:18:03A2 Ss may treat digital w venues like FB or texting, using poor grammar, abreviations. Set expectations first! #IRAchat
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