The connectivity of the internet and the latest digital technologies have opened vast new opportunities, formats, and audiences for writing. Digital writing involves more than just word processing an essay or punching out an e–mail message; students can blog, text message, chat online, or create narratives for multi–media productions.
Based on case studies, interviews with educational professionals, and a decade′s worth of research, Because Digital Writing Matters offers proven strategies to equip students with the communications skills that will enable them to thrive in our information–rich, high–speed, high–tech culture. The book also
Introduces the idea of digital writing as a mode of thinking, applicable to all grades and disciplines
Examines current trends, best practices, research, and issues in the teaching of digital writing
Offers practical solutions and models for planning, implementing, and assessing digital writing initiatives and writing programs
Because Digital Writing Matters reveals what teachers, administrators, and parents can do to meet the writing challenge in our nation′s schools.
"Coming not a moment too soon, Because Digital Writing Matters is required reading for every educator and concerned citizen in our society." Patricia Lambert Stock, professor emerita, Michigan State University, and visiting professor, The University of Maryland, College Park
"An important and useful book a much–needed guide to the teaching of digital writing, with examples of teachers′ exemplary practice." Charles Moran, professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT (NWP), founded in 1974, is a nationwide network of educators, working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation′s schools and in other settings. The revised edition of their bestselling book, Because Writing Matters, is also available from Jossey–Bass. For more information on NWP, visit [external URL]
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.
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.