Digital Learning

Teaching Writing in the Digital Age

Author: Joel Malley Summary: In this brief video showing myriad facets of digital writing, teacher Joel Malley documents the ways in which his classroom provides opportunities for students’ deep learning and significant growth as writers. He shares his students’ immersion in content, and their collaboration, response and publishing through social...

Literacy in the Digital Age: Nine Great Speaking and Listening Tools

Author: Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli Summary: This blog post showcases nine different digital tools and links to related resources useful for engaging students and/or teachers in sharing stories or other work through a variety of media and to a variety of audiences. Thoughtful use of digital tools enables both...

No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Author: Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner Summary: Calling for reflection upon and critique of how technology is typically used in schools, authors Hicks and Turner caution that technology in the classroom cannot be viewed simply as an add-on, but must instead be used to cultivate distinctly digital literacies, inviting...

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Summary: “Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.” This report—which emerged from the...

Michigan Network Learns Together About 21st Century Literacies

Author: Laura Roop Summary: This article describes how the Red Cedar Writing Project designed a four-day capacity-building workshop, focused on 21st century literacies, for every NWP site in their state (Michigan). Any site can use this piece as a discussion starter to plan a similar workshop and to determine what...

Connected Learning with Youth Voices

Summary: Youth Voices is a connected-learning site that hosts digital learning curriculum openly available for teachers, based in sound theory about the teaching of writing. You will find incredible student work related to current events and issues, playlists that students and teachers can use, podcasts, and more. You can explore...

Digital Storytelling for Language and Culture Learning

Author: Judith Rance-Roney Summary: Interested in introducing digital storytelling in a writing classroom? Rance-Roney, a teacher with the Hudson Valley Writing Project, explains digital storytelling, discusses its strengths in promoting literacy, and, by documenting her own multilingual classroom work, suggests a path for getting started with this technology.

Teaching Teens—and Ourselves—to Be Mindful, Connected Readers

Author: Lorna Collier Summary: This short article outlines the findings of Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner’s Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World. The book uses survey data and in-depth interviews to explore the reading lives of middle- and high-school students, and the ways teachers are using...

Building LRNG Badges: Beyond Graphics

Author: Paul Allison Summary: This resource offers access to two in-depth discussions about LRNG playlists and corresponding online assignments/tasks leading to badges that youth receive for their career-based digital work. Teachers in the New York City Writing Project talk through the Badge Builder on LRNG in the first video. In...

Teachers Teaching Teachers Focuses on Technology and Teaching Writing

Summary: Teachers Teaching Teachers is a weekly interactive webcast which has been hosted by the New York City Writing Project since 2006. The webcast is a great meeting place for educators wishing to connect with teachers from across the country and the globe for two main purposes: developing teacher knowledge...