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Definition of Writing Shifting, Maine Teacher Says

Publication: Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning
Date: November 23, 2010

Summary: Students of Dave Boardman, Maine Writing Project teacher-consultant, are using video, music, and various multimedia to reimagine the very meaning of reading and writing.

 

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I think the definition of writing is shifting," Boardman said. "I don't think writing happens with just words anymore."

In his classes, Boardman teaches students how to express their ideas and how to tell stories—and he encourages them to use video, music, recorded voices and whatever other media will best allow them to communicate effectively. He is part of a vanguard of educators, technologists, intellectuals and writers who are reimagining the very meaning of writing and reading.

"The written word is coming to life by being a key part of multimedia," Boardman said. "When people can not only pick up something by the written word, but also listen to it, see it move across the screen or see someone's interpretation of that word through moving images, then I think it becomes much more alive."

Copyright © 2010 Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning. Reprinted with permission.
Chaplin, Heather. 2010. "The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative." Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning , November 23.

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