The need for the effective development of digital literacies pervades every aspect of instruction in contemporary classrooms. As a result, teacher candidates must be equipped to draw upon a variety of literacies in order to tap into the complex social worlds of their future pupils. The Write for Your Life Project was designed to strengthen teacher candidates’ skills in both traditional and digital writing literacies through the use of social networks, blogging, texting, online modules and other social media. The project, to a large degree, was structured according to Calkins’ (1994) Writing Workshop Approach. This process encourages teacher candidates to write daily, devise writing minilessons, use peer conferencing, and publish final pieces. This article describes the Write for Your Life Project that was piloted in two courses with 45 teacher candidates, shares findings from the implementation process, and makes recommendations for more effectively integrating writing and technology across the content areas in teacher education courses.
Collier, Shartriya Collier, Brian Foley, David Moguel, and Ian Barnard. "Write for Your Life: Developing Digital Literacies and Writing Pedagogy in Teacher Education." Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education 13.3 (2013). Web.
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This article was originally published in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, volume 13, issue 3, in 2013.