Digital Is Sharing
Although the Internet seems to be free, it actually consumes huge amounts of electricity. According to one source, the carbon footprint of the internet now exceeds that of air travel. Server farms that support the internet need to be powered and cooled--a double whammy, from an energy-use standpoint.
“Writing today,” say the authors of Because Digital Writing Matters, “is pervasively and generally digital; composed with digital tools; created out of word, image, sound, and motion; circulated in digital environments; and consumed across a wide range of digital platforms.” Many teachers are wondering, however, whether digital writing can align with the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and DC.
We have told stories to each other since the dawn of human history. We instinctively organize our thoughts as stories. Well-crafted stories engage us, inform us, inspire us and – long after first hearing them – resonate with us. Stories have always carried messages and meaning for us long before writing, radio, film, television, or the internet helped us tell them.
This collection highlights three of the many excellent resources tagged voice and audience on the Digital Is website. Important elements of the digital classroom—inquiry, emerging experts, and a pedagogy of collegiality—are clearly themes in the work of these classrooms.
In Confronting the Challenge of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, Jenkins, et al. (2007) characterize today's society as one based on participation, using the term "participatory culture" to describe how we are no longer pure consumers of media, but producers, sharers, and collaborators. This collection looks at the works of digital writing in that light.
"At its core, connective writing is the idea that digital writers using digital writing tools create an inherently different kind of writing. This collection is an attempt to unpack the idea of connective writing, show what it might look like in practice, and explore whether, in fact, it is new and different, or an extension of what's come before."