Boise State Writing Project

June 11, 2014

Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age

As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

A version of my slides from this Discovery Education Virtual Keynote

Narrative, Argument, Informational, "Blended Genres," Folk Tales, TED Talks, Historical Fiction, Unit of Instruction, Oral Presentation, Literary Journal, Film, Senior Project, Persuasive
Blogs, Multimodal Essay, Google Docs, Animoto, Prezi, PPT, Film, Screencasting, Nearpod, Camtasia, iMovie, Edmodo
Teacher, Existing Authors, Themselves, Current and Future Students, Parents, Admins, "Authentic" audiences
Reflection, Interact, Discuss, Collaborate, Inquiry/Essential Questions, Research, Shared Editing, Book review, Explain math concept, Book discussion, Book trailer, Create, Network, Sustain, Encourage
"Grades," Current and Future Teaching, hard to make writing choices

Studying a Piece of Digital Writing Handout

What do we mean when we think about studying craft?

Alexandra's Essay
Makayla's Essay
  • Good
    • The pictures with the wrapped texts actually helped to focus my reading
    • Design principles: alignment, contrast, balance
    • It is very well-written (almost to the degree that multimodal might take away from it)
    • Contextual links for different audiences
    • Offers another view on her thinking
  • Could be better
    • Linking -- bothers me, going away from the text (But, is that OK?)
    • Overuse of photos
  • Good
    • She included textual evidence (mention/link)
    • She uses a voice that makes me feel I am being talked to, genuine
    • Text to text connection
  • Could be better
    • Layout and design
    • Works cited
    • The multimodality should do work, but if I just read the play I don't need that
    • Who is the audience?

Crafting Digital Essays

Sample Text (for Everyone) - make a copy!

To be a digital writer...
  • Uncertain
  • Good
  • Overwhelmed
  • Excited
  • Excited
  • Intrigued
  • Engaged
  • Stimulated
  • Hopeful
  • Intrigued
  • Interested
  • Wondering
  • Intrigued
  • Boggled
  • I don't know
  • Curious
  • Curious
  • Foggy
  • Learning
  • Hopeful
  • Interested
  • Creatively off-task
  • Creative

Crafting Presentations

Crafting Digital Videos

Websites and apps that could be helpful for crafting digital writing

Upcoming Online Events

Final Thoughts:
  • Technology can facilitate creativity
  • Even with all the tools, we need to teach students to be deliberate -- what adds value to a composition? How does the content enhance meaning?