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Because Digital Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Online and Multimedia Environments

ISBN: 978-0-470-89223-7
208 pages
October 2010, Jossey-Bass
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How to apply digital writing skills effectively in the classroom, from the prestigious National Writing Project

As many teachers know, students may be adept at text messaging and communicating online but do not know how to craft a basic essay. In the classroom, students are increasingly required to create web-based or multi-media productions that also include writing. Since writing in and for the online realm often defies standard writing conventions, this book defines digital writing and examines how best to integrate new technologies into writing instruction.

  • Shows how to integrate new technologies into classroom lessons
  • Addresses the proliferation of writing in the digital age
  • Offers a guide for improving students' online writing skills

The book is an important manual for understanding this new frontier of writing for teachers, school leaders, university faculty, and teacher educators.

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Table of Contents


The Authors.

INTRODUCTION Why Digital Writing Matters.

ONE The Landscape of Digital Writing.

TWO Revising the Writing Process: Learning to Write in a Digital World.

THREE Ecologies for Digital Writing.

FOUR Standards and Assessment for Digital Writing.

FIVE Professional Development for Digital Writing.

AFTERWORD Some Conclusions, Many Beginnings.



Web Resources.



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Author Information

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss is an associate professor and director of the Professional Writing Program at Michigan State University. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl directs National Programs and Site Development at the NWP at the University of California, Berkeley. Troy Hicks is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University, where he also directs the Chippewa River Writing Project.

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