National Writing Project

NWP Website Explores Digital Writing

Date: November 16, 2010

Summary: NWP's Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.


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Digital is increasingly how we write, share, collaborate, publish, and connect with others today and into the future.

What does that mean for the teaching of writing?

The NWP Digital Is website is a forum for exploring that question.

The website, which is part of NWP's Digital Is program, funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is a collection of resources, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world.

It is also an emerging knowledge base curated by its growing community of contributors, readers, and discussants exploring three key areas:

  • Art/Craft: What are we learning about the art and craft of digital writing?
  • Teach/Learn: What are we learning about the teaching and learning of digital writing?
  • Provocations: What ideas provoke us to think in new ways about education and culture in the digital age?

"The site includes many rich examples of using new media for teaching writing, including reflections from teachers about the challenges and opportunities that arise when using these new tools in the classroom," according to the MacArthur Foundation's blog Spotlight On Digital Media and Learning.

What will you find at Digital Is?

Resources: Digital Is contains a large and growing body of resources that have been added by its community of educators, kindergarten through university, inside and outside of school. Resources may document and share ideas for work in classrooms, share student work, point to useful external websites and organizations, or raise provocative questions.

Collections: Collections within the Digital Is website are sets of resources, curated by members of the NWP teacher network, that explore one of the three key areas of Digital Is.

For example, What's New, or What's Good: On Writing Connectively, curated by Bud Hunt, teacher-consultant at the Colorado State University Writing Project, explores the question, "How can we use the connections provided by digital media to help students learn about civic—and civil—dialogue?"

Another collection, Participatory Media, curated by Dave Boardman, technology liaison with the University of Maine Writing Project, looks at how we are no longer pure consumers of media, but producers, sharers, and collaborators.

News: News items and forum updates are posted by the administrators of the Digital Is website to keep up on general Digital Is–related events.

Discussions: You are welcome to join the Digital Is community to participate in its many discussions. Members can start or join discussions connected to Collections, Resources, and News.

How can you participate?

We welcome you to find and read collections and resources here or join the community to discuss and participate. Please see Using this Site and Guidelines for Participation.

We also welcome your comments and questions about the NWP Digital Is website and project. For more information, please email

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