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Digital Writing: Writing Online luncheon

Session 1: Is your Wiki really a bulletin board, Phillip Barry, Computer Science.

Session 2: JoAnna O'Connell, Spanish and Portuguese

Session 3: Integrating Digital Writing Tools, Rick Beach, Department of Curriculum & Instruction

SESSION 1: Is your Wiki really a bulletin board, Phillip Barry, Computer Science.

Types of digital writing:
1. Collaborative writing (a la Google docs or iChat screensharing)
2. Aggregated writing (a la RSS feeds)
3. Community writing (a la wikis)
4. Individual writing (a la MS Word)
5. Non-linear writing (a la HTML web sites or wikis)
6. Media-based storytelling (a la YouTube or podcasts)

These *can* be very different -- the affordances of the web allow for us to do some things online that can be quite difficult.

He outlines a few characteristic questions of online writing:
1. Is the product fixed or evolving?
2. Who is the audience?
3. Does the technology require expertise to use?
4. Is authorship individual or collaborative?
5. What is the level of incorporation of others?

He outlines the following comparison/contrast:

Type || Is the product dynamic? || Audience? || Authorship?
Wiki || Yes || world || group
Bulletin board || somewhat || group or world || group
Blog || no? || group || individual
Google docs || yes || group || individual or group
Web pages || somewhat || world || individual or group
Non-digital || no || group || individual

SESSION 2: JoAnna O'Connell, Spanish and Portuguese

Using technology for writing -- she's making a pragmatics argument that people often adopt technology when it becomes germane for them. She argues for teaching language and writing in context, so they actually *do* things first, then actually integrate these ideas into their teaching. She makes a learning styles argument -- "Some people are parrots, and can repeat anything you say back to you. For others, its just noise until they see it written down."


SESSION 3: Rick Beach, Curriculum & Instruction

He spends most of his time talking about tools. Bubbl.us is a concept mapping tool. He uses Ning.com for a CMS. He also demonstrates voicethread.com.