Writing and New Media Seminar Description

Matthew Pearson, DePaul University

While some scholars and critics disparage the rise of new media for communication like text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, others praise these media as exciting and worthwhile technologies for written communication. This seminar will take up this debate and examine what evidence exists to support claims that these media are negatively or positively effecting young people as they develop as writers. Much of the seminar will focus on how to leverage our students’ participation in these forms of communication to help them grow as writers and readers ready to navigate the changing nature of literate practices. We will also discuss and practice with some forms of online writing that are most pedagogically useful for teachers and students, like blogs and ePortfolios.

Seminar Readings

Beach, Richard, Chris Anson, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Thom Swiss. “Five Ways to Grow as a Gigital Writing Teacher.” Teaching Writing Using Blogs, Wikis, and Other Digital Tools. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 2009. 219-26. Print.

Crystal, David. Txting: frNd or foe? The Linguist November 2008/December 2009: 8-11. Internet 2 Jan 2013.

Kelleher, Kevin. “How the Internet Changed Writing in the 2000s.” Gigaom. Gigaom, 3 Jan. 2010.  Internet 2 Jan 2013.

Selfe, Cynthia, and Pamela Takayoshi. “Thinking about Multimodality.” Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Cresskill (NJ): Hampton Press, 2008. 1-16.


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