Along the Edges of Digital Writing

By dogtrax | A curation effort for Digital Writing Month and beyond ... a collection of pieces to spark thinking about how technology is transforming the way we write and compose and communicate.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

It seems I am in a constant search of different approaches to motivate and engage learners. I read blogs, Twitter, and keep my eyes and ears wide …

Writing

CLTV - Transliteracies: Exploring Literacies and Learning in a Connected World - July 15, 2015

YouTube

Exploring Mobile Dimensions with NWP

This last week Amy Stornaiuolo and I had an opportunity to meet with teachers at the Annual Meeting of the National Writing Project to discuss the</i> …

Mobile

Pencils to 3D-Printers: A New Kind of Language Arts Class

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLPFykSfDTc <i>“The printers have been ordered. Fingers crossed. Here we go…..”</i>This was the email I received two weeks ago from …

Teaching

How Social Media Can Help Teach Good Writing

For all the hype Millennials get, nearly every K-12 student today is part of its successor generation—Gen Z—a group more plugged in and social than …

Writing

Learn Anything (Almost) Through These Interactive Mind Maps

Learn Anything is a neat website that is essentially a giant mind map. Enter a topic into the search box on Learn Anything and a mind map of related …

Putting It Into Words: The Future of Writing Instruction

Sometimes there's nothing more inspiring to aspiring authors than seeing their names in print. The following list of organizations that publish youth …

Publishing

The power of print in a digital world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.<p>Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more …

Education

Great Examples of Multiplatform Storytelling - Echo Storytelling Agency

It goes by many names: transmedia storytelling, transmedia narrative, cross-media seriality, and multiplatform storytelling.<p>But what exactly is ‘it’? …

Storytelling

The chat fiction apps that teens go crazy for

Have you ever heard of chat fiction apps? If not, then you’re probably not a teenager.<p>These digital book alternatives, which are presented as text messages, have been dominating the app charts for the past few months. The format may seem a little strange for people who are used to paperback books, …

Are Chat-Fiction Apps the New YA Novels?

Caroline Renee Mills loves classic British literature. The 32-year-old freelance writer adores Thomas Hardy’s 1878 Victorian novel <i>The Return of the</i> …

Young-Adult Fiction

AWP: The Writer's Notebook

Fiction in the Age of Social Media<p>Alix Ohlin | December 2016<p>The first time I gave a reading, I shared the stage with a writer who introduced herself …

How Interactive Timelines Empowered Students, Flipped the Communications Classroom

My Media, Ethics, and Society course at the University of North Carolina at Asheville is both the introductory course to the mass communication major …

Journalism

Christopher Strachey’s Nineteen-Fifties Love Machine

Overwrought love letters began turning up on the notice board at the University of Manchester’s computer lab in August, 1953. Dripping with lustful vocabulary, they were all variations on a basic syntactic template: “YOU ARE MY [adjective] [noun]. MY [adjective] [noun] [adverb] [verbs] YOUR …

Alan Turing

“Hamlet on the Holodeck,” Twenty Years Later

When the media scholar Janet H. Murray was asked to write a new preface to “Hamlet on the Holodeck,” her influential book, from 1997, about digital narrative, she was tempted to make it three words long: “I was right!” Depending on how generous you want to be, you could say that she predicted the …

Ray Kurzweil

This Font Changes Shape As You Type

Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling …

Louis Vuitton

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

<b>By Beth Holland</b>As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may …

Pedagogy

How to Create Virtual Reality Panoramas

A couple of years ago Google launched the Cardboard Camera app for capturing your own virtual reality panoramas. At the time that it was launched it …

Movie Mania

The aroma of salty butter overwhelms the theatre as the lights dim and all attention focuses on the large dark screen. It’s a moment poised with …

Movies

The Leftovers

At a recent event I had the joy of reintroducing Kindergarten activities to a group of educators. It was a simple project, really. With magazines, …

@eventuallybot

The InfinityI made a new Twitter bot: @eventuallybot. It generates short, silent films in GIF format, based on randomly-selected snippets of YouTube …

GIF Animations

Netflix’s interactive shows arrive to put you in charge of the story

Can ‘choose your own adventure’ work on TV?<p>Netflix’s first interactive episode arrives on the service today, giving viewers a chance to shape the narrative through a series of decisions they make throughout the experience. The new episode of <i>Puss in Boo</i><i>k</i><i>: Trapped in an Epic Tale</i> gives users more …

Remix: Teaching Diversity and Promoting Inclusivity with Digital Artifacts

I teach race and gender and media to undergraduate students in public communications (e.g., advertising, journalism, television/radio/film). The …

Journalism

These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

If you decide to see more, click on this story.<p>Reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book can feel like being lost in a maze and running through …

Choose Your Own Adventure

Kevin's Meandering Mind | Transliteracies: Reading and Writing Across Mediums

This post has been sitting in my blog draft bin for some time. I remember thinking, this is a useful slideshow presentation from Bobbie Newman for …

History Of Our Time: Software's Power To Replace Humans

Rachel Martin talks to Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley pioneer, who offers some solutions to the impact of technology on our livelihoods and our humanity.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We've been talking about our disoriented time and the forces that got us here. It's a series of conversations we …

Singularity

On Liaisons

This post follows both a thread of blog posts from Amy Collier, Kate Bowles, and Maha Bali and (I think at least) contributes to a larger week-long …

Neither Locked Out Nor Locked In

<i> I want to make sure before I begin that I extend my thanks to both Reclaim Hosting and the University of Oklahoma for organizing this event and for</i> …

Teaching

V&R mapping

The mapping process is a Visitors and Residents based group activity which is designed to explore individuals engagement with the Web. It’s a good …