Welcome to Launching Digital Writing in the Elementary Classroom. Here you will find the stories of seven teachers who were willing to take risks and venture into new territory by integrating technology into their workshops in meaningful ways. All of us are writing teachers who write. We believe that it’s important for us to do the work we ask of our students. It is in that practice that we learn about the real work writers do. It is here that we learn the struggles that our students face. It is here that we reflect on and hone our practice.
This belief that writing teachers need to be writers spills over into the digital world. If we want our students to craft quality digital compositions, then we believe that it’s important for us to do the same. Over the last several years, we have each ventured into the digital writing world. Our idea of community changed as we connected with others we might not have been able to connect to before. The way we share our writing has changed too. Our writing no longer lives just inside our notebooks. Instead, we share ideas in 140 characters or less. We communicate visually through images and graphics. Our blogs give us the space to write about our thinking, reflect on issues we grapple with, and celebrate the work we see our students and colleagues doing. This work has not only helped us grow as writers but it’s also given us the impetus to make changes in our classrooms in order to give our students new opportunities afforded by digital technologies.
Jane Moore (Faculty)