This workshop focuses on writing with new technology and for new technology. It explores how using new media shapes the task ahead for student writers, who will be expected to make meaning in many new media as they continue on in their lives.
These are the key points the teachers, educators, authors, and students consider:
- Students today are using computers, software, and the Internet in an assortment of ways to express themselves. In doing so, they adapt their patterns of communication to the medium for which they are writing.
- Computers can be a boon to student writing. For example, they make revising and editing very simple.
- Computers and their use in student writing also create a new set of concerns for the classroom: i.e., not recognizing that conventions from one form of new communication aren't applicable in another, plagiarism from the Internet, and accessibility issues.
- Students today will have to communicate using increasingly complex technology. They need to recognize that the same processes involved in paper-and-pencil writing apply to writing using new technology. They need to recognize that each medium in which they write has certain criteria that they must meet.
- Teachers can also use technology in the writing classroom of various kinds (VCRs, DVDs, CDs, and computer-driven applications) to help them in their professional obligations.
- Teachers need to help their students evaluate the applicability and usefulness of new technologies in their writing.
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