Why Digital Writing Matters

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Why Digital Writing Matters
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What is Digital Writing?
Digital Writing is defined as “compositions created with, and oftentimes for reading or viewing on, a computer or other device that is connected to the internet” (DeVoss, Eidman-Aadahl, Hicks 7)
Digital Writing Is.....
Composing a multimedia digital story. Collaborating with a writing group on a Google Doc. Starting a Blog on Blogger. Creating a new page on a Wikispace. Creating an infographic illustrating or explaining a concept. Taking editing notes from one Google Doc and making changes on a new one.
Digital Writing is NOT...
Just typing up a paper on a word processing system. Only using technology tools to meet a requirement. Using the internet to find a paper, print it, and turn it in as your own (this is called plagiarism). Printing out an article from the internet and annotating in the margins. Simply instant messaging/texting your friends to ask them ‘Where r u?’ Only using Twitter to tweet pictures of your dinner.
Top 5 Reasons Why Digital Writing Matters
You are already use digital writing tools everyday! We just need to work on using them smarter!  
You e-mail, tweet (a form of microblogging), text, post, like, Instagram, and SnapChat each other daily.
Though you use these tools to have fun and keep in touch with friends and family, we are going to learn how to use some of these in smarter ways.
According to a survey about American teen’s social media habits, “71% of teens use more than one social network site” (Lenhart).
As our global world evolves, new literacies will involved team work/communication using collaboration and networking with digital tools like digital writing
You will need to not only be familiar with writing tools online, but you will need to learn how to collaborate and edit in digital environments as well. In the future, much of your networking and collaboration meetings will be moving online as well. Someday you may not even have face-to-face meetings with your coworkers and boss. It may all be done through a digital chat room linked to a virtual agenda.
In this class, we will be using a multitude of digital writing tools as well as learning how to collaborate using these digital tools.
Employers look for skilled individuals who are creative and organized.
As the job market becomes more globalized and competitive, employers are looking not only for people who can communicate effectively, they also want someone who can use technology effectively.
According to a recent survey done the Pew Research Center,
digital technology has transformed vast numbers of American jobs. Work done in the most sophisticated scientific enterprises, entirely new technology businesses, the extensive array of knowledge and media endeavors, the places where crops are grown, the factory floor, and even mom-and-pop stores has been reshaped by new pathways to information and new avenues of selling goods and services. For most office workers now, life on the job means life online (Purcell and Rainie).
Editing is quicker and easier
Editing on a word processing system like Google Docs is much faster, easier, and neater than with paper and pencil.
Using a commenting tool on your digital writing will help you see exactly where you're revising should/might happen, without changing the original text.
There won’t be any difficulty reading handwriting!
You can more quickly change elements on a digital piece than in a pencil/paper method.
Good writing is critical in any job or career!
Just because the media and mode of your writing is changing, does not mean that you can get by without being an effective writer.
“For anyone who imagined that computers would make writing easier, the irony is that by making a host of individual tasks easier, computer s have dramatically expanded options for writers and have probably made writing and learning to write, more complex” (DeVoss, Eidman-Aadahl, Hicks 7).
Food For Thought.....
Works Cited
DeVoss, Danielle N., Eidman- Aadahl, Elyse, and Troy Hicks. Because Digital Writing        Matters: Improving Student Writing Online and in Multimedia Environments. San        Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2010. Print
Lenhart, Amanda. "Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015."Pew Research Centers       Internet American Life Project RSS. Pew Research, 08 Apr. 2015. Web. 08 July 2015.
Purcell, Kristen, and Lee Rainie. "Technology's Impact on Workers." Pew Research Center      Internet Science Tech RSS. Pew Research Center, 30 Dec. 2014. Web. 08 July 2015.