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Computers, Tablets, Smartphones: The Writing Tools Have Changed— How Can My Teaching Change Too?

Sunday, November 6 - Monday, November 7, 2016
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Digital devices, like the printing press have changed writing—and have altered our civilization. Text messages fly across deserts in Africa and the Middle East. Blogs deliver Chicago’s news to Los Angeles before NBC news can arrive at the scene. Children across four continents collaborate on Minecraft servers and Google Docs. It is a glorious and challenging age in which to teach young writers.

Join Cornelius Minor for two intense days immersed in digital writing. You will have the opportunity to think about ways to help children compose and revise digitally. You’ll explore ways kids can give and receive feedback digitally, how they can use digital devices to publish, and how the writing process grows with these tools.

This institute seeks to answer a few questions:

  • We’ve got devices in kids hands. What next? How do we get them to write? To do new and ambitious work?
  • How do I give feedback and what feedback is most important?
  • How do I organize and maintain devices so that they last a long time?
  • How do I bring along teachers and colleagues who are new to this kind of work?

You will spend time planning classroom experiences together. To do so, you’ll learn to consider much more than just content. You’ll think about recruiting an audience, anticipating their informational needs, and then maintaining that audience. You’ll also think about ways to teach students how to engage with audiences in these ways. As part of this, you will study exemplar digital texts and teach students to do the same so that they can create the kind of work that continues to shape today’s information revolution.




This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY