Talking about iPads and digital writing on Twitter. Twitter can't handle it. Moving here.
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- Writing digitally gives us more options than the typewriter/hand written writing does. I thinkhits on how digital is different, it comes from the opportunity to easily share with others. What makes it so wondrous is not that the intended audience can easily find and respond, but that there can be accidental discoveries of the writing where contributions can be made that can challenge and change thinking.Sep 24, 2011
- Are we limiting ourselves by using the word "writing"? Like, it certainly confines my thinking to what would be the traditional form of handwritten or typed text. Is digital writing a misnomer for a completely new medium of communication? From what I've read so far this may be the case. pointed out that with digital writing the possibility of collaboration, and conversation makes this medium so unique.
As for the earlier discussions about laptops and tablets (I am using this because not everyone will be using an IPad.), I think that a combination of these devices will be used in classroom environments. Tablets are great for consumption of content. There is some capability for content creation on these devices but at this stage they will likely not fill the needs of everyone. However a tablet/laptop workflow is what I see happening.
This was a fantastic thread to read. Thanks to for starting it.Sep 24, 2011
- I think the term 'writing' can be limiting, and it is certainly a misnomer if not an anachronism. Yet, it is common for media theorists to use inadequate terms to bring about shared understandings of the subject matter. To paraphrase McLuhan, each technology creates a new environment and the old environment becomes content for the new environment. While there are positives of these shared meanings (e.g., common language, basic reference points), there are also negatives (e.g., personal and social bias, uncommon historical treatment, nuance, misinterpretation, contextual understandings).Sep 24, 2011
- If I may jump in with a question that I tweeted just beforemoved the conversation into this space:
If you had to use an iPad for sourced, digital writing, how would you make it work? (For this question, I am talking text-based, hyperlinked writing.)
It seems that there is pretty much consensus that the iPad isn't the perfect device for digital writing, but what if it is your only option? My wife has a class set of iPads for her 5th graders and I'll be getting a set in a year for my 4th graders. We would each like to create a digital writing workshop environment similar to what Troy Hicks wrote about (Bud referenced it earlier) and what Chris Moore and Nicole Vander Velde have been doing in Littleton, CO with their 5th graders.
I'm looking for your collective insight to know what web-based tools/apps/combination you would use if an iPad were your only option. and Bud, it sounds like you each write a fair bit on your iPad, what do you use?Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.Sep 24, 2011
- "Composition" is starting to be the word I use. But, "writing" still is the right skillset. Making a movie and writing a story are related skills. Each requires an understanding of narrative, and of the techniques of each genre or mode. In the case of the movie, you'll use pictures and sounds (and, if you've titles, possibly words) to convey your intended meaning. In the case of the typed or handwritten or online story, then you'll use words. Or, depending on the kind of story, and how it'll be published, pictures might make it in there.
Notions of genre and mode are funky and fascinating around the edges. Fun places to wonder around.Sep 24, 2011
- I think the National Writing Project "Digital Is" site is a great place to think about transmedia and what digital writing might involve http://digitalis.nwp.org/Sep 26, 2011