Students today have been plugged in for their entire lives. They
don’t remember a time before Facebook, blogs, texting and websites, and they
have experienced a range of digital tools including laptops, smartphones and
tablets. But writing in the classroom has not kept pace with the digital
learner; there is a profound gap between what student learn in school and the
skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century.
When Writing with Technology Matters provides teachers with theory
that supports the need for technology in classrooms and strategies on how to
integrate technology into the English curriculum. This timely book addresses
twenty-first century themes – critical thinking, collaboration, engagement and
empowerment – and targets current educational foci – genre knowledge, research,
the importance of process and the need to make learning relevant.
The authors show teachers how to create a classroom environment
that allows students to become invested in writing. They also provide detailed
descriptions of primary and middle years literacy projects that teachers can
follow step-by-step or use as a guide when planning their own technology-based
This book demonstrates how to take advantage of the digital
generation’s affinity for technology in order to change and improve the writing
process, empowering students to become better, more nuanced readers, writers
and thinkers who are well prepared for the challenges of a digital world.