Technology And Writing

Essays on Technology in the Classroom

Projects and Technologies

Digital Commons at Georgetown
The Georgetown University Digital Commons is a place where Georgetown students, faculty, and staff can explore new and innovative online tools for communication and collaboration. Browse the Commons for lots of useful information about web 2.0 tools in your classroom.
Digital Storytelling at Georgetown
This multimedia archive on digital storytelling shares the results of a multi-campus study of student learning and digital storytelling in humanities classrooms. Digital stories are multimedia projects combining text, images, audio and video files into short film clips. In recent years, digital storytelling has turned college and university classrooms into spaces of creative critical multimedia production. Digital stories have proven to be a powerful medium for students to represent a theoretically-informed understanding of texts and contexts in a form other than “traditional” writing.
SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment - start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking!
BrainSlides was developed to address a particular niche in the world of presentations: using slides in education. Many people are familiar with the Death by PowerPoint concept and a handful of books and blogs address the issue of designing good presentations in the business world. But PowerPoint presentations have also made their way into the classrooms at universities, colleges, high schools, and even some junior high and elementary schools. There simply aren’t any good online resources addressing the incorrect use – and overuse – of PowerPoint slides in the classroom
Simply type in your ideas. Drag and drop files and web pages. Any idea can be linked to anything else. Using your digital Brain is like cruising through a Web of your thinking. See new relationships. Discover connections. Go from the big picture of everything to a specific detail in seconds. Accelerate your mind.

Collaborative Writing

Collaborative Writing Tools
Collaborative writing tools are those technologies that facilitate the editing and reviewing of a text document by multiple individuals either in real-time or asynchronously.
A collaborative writing tool by Adobe, Buzzword is user-friendly and boasts a beautiful interface. Zoho writer, Google docs, and others are also available; see the previous link for an overview of each.
Blogs in Plain English
What's the deal with weblogs? Some free blog platforms are Wordpress and Blogger.
What Is a Wiki?
YouTube video on wikis and their use in education.


Computer Writing and Research Lab
Information technologies are rapidly and fundamentally changing our work and work organization, our teaching and learning, our lives and recreation. That’s especially true in terms of how one of our oldest information technologies – writing – is being transformed. At the CWRL, we explore how information technologies are changing the ways we produce and consume texts, the ways we argue, and how we can flexibly address these sociotechnical changes.
C & C Online
Computers and Composition Online is the refereed online companion journal to Computers and Composition: An International Journal, now in its 26th year and currently published by Elsevier. Our goal is to be a significant online resource for scholar-teachers interested in the impact of new and emerging media upon the teaching of language and literacy in both virtual and face-to-face forums. As part of this goal, we wish to foster a sense of community and collegial sharing of ideas by providing an online space where select features, announcements, and community resources work together to promote a virtual exchange for the latest and best work in the field.
TeachWeb 2.0
We are a group of curious teachers who explore and brainstorm ways to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into our teaching. Some of us meet face-to-face at an independent school in St. Petersburg, Florida. The rest of us are from all over the world.

Videos & More

The Machine Is Us/ing Us
Take a look at this excellent YouTube video that both explains and performs the concept of Web 2.0
A Vision of Students Today
A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.
Information R/evolution
This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.
YouTube Playlist on Education and Technology
32 YouTube clips about technology in education
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