Different Purposes for Using of Digital Tools to Teach Literacy in the College Classroom, 21st Century Literacy Learning Environments Conference, Richard Beach, University of Minnesota: rbeach@umn.edu (online version of this handout http://tinyurl.com/2fcztsm)

My Resources for teachers:

Teaching Writing Using Blogs, Wikis, and other Digital Tools, by Beach, Anson, Kastman-Breuch, & Swiss, 2009 (Christopher Gordon Publishers) http://www.christophergordon.com): http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com (lots more links to the topics in this presentation)

Teachingmedialiteracy.com (TCPress): http://www.teachingmedialiteracy.com /http://teachingmedialiteracy.pbworks.com (links on teaching media literacy)

Teaching Literature to Adolescents (Routledge): http://www.teachingliterature.org and http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com (links on teaching literature)

See also Handout: Constructing Digital Commonplace Texts in the Classroom

Purpose: Acquiring/subscribing to/sharing information

Bookmarking and sharing links/tags: Diigo http://www.diigo.com or Delicious: http://www.delicious.org  Share bookmarks with students in a class using in Diigo groups; Diigo can also be used to add annotations to online literary texts for sharing responses to literature.

Video: Using Diigo for social bookmarking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A

William Ferriter, Social Bookmarking and Annotating (specific directions on setting up Diigo accounts and groups): http://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Social-Bookmarking-and-Annotating

Collaborative sharing of annotations to texts

Diigo http://www.diigo.com/education Add Diigo to your browser as a toolbar to activate with the pull-down Diigolet to bookmark sites, and then create you class(s) as a Group to share those bookmarked sites with other students in the class by opening up the Share to group link and clicking on the Group name.  

Add comments/annotations to sites by highlighting a section and then clicking on the tiny box on top of the highlighted area to add a "sticky note” to give students written comments about their work.

- Adding annotations to free online books: Archive.org http://www.archive.org/details/texts, Free Library http://openlibrary.org/, Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page or Many Books http://manybooks.net/, Academy of American Poets (http://www.poets.org), Poetry Archives (http://www.poetryarchive.org), American Verse Project (http://www.hti.umich.edu/a/amverse), Library of Congress Poetry (http://www.loc.gov/poetry)

Collaborative annotations to images and video.

- Sharing audio or written annotations on VoiceThread to images or video: http://www.voicethread.com

- Using VideoAnt: http://ant.umn.edu for teachers and/or peers add annotations at specific places in a video http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/display/45928  http://k12online.ning.com/video/using-videoant-annotations-to?xg_source=activity

- Using Google Annotations: http://tinyurl.com/63rbps

Digital note-taking: Using Evernote (“remembers everything”: captures and organizes notes, images, links, etc.: http://www.evernote.com to capture web material http://tinyurl.com/2b3um3n   Starting on Evernote http://tinyurl.com/46xvq5 Using Evernote to capture images http://tinyurl.com/26xkrof 

Using RSS feeds aggregator/collector: Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader

View the video: Adding RSS feeds to blogs: http://tinyurl.com/medg6c

Using digital mind-mapping: http://digitalwriting.pbwiki.com/DigitalMapping: Inspiration, Bubbl.us, VUE, Cmap, Text2Mind Map, DebateMapper, Comapping, Compendium, WisdomMap, Freemind, My Mind, Belvedere, Mindomo, Mind 42, Umlet 3.2

Purpose: Collaborative Construction of Knowledge

Blogs: Blogger http://www.blogger.com Wordpress http://wordpress.com  Typepad http://www.typepad.com  Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com Posterous (email posts to a blog): https://posterous.com  Using blogs: http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com/BlogWriting

Wikis: PBWorks (http://pbworks.com), Wikispaces (http://www.wikispaces.com), or Wetpaint (http://www.wetpaint.com) Wikipedia: Schools_and_universities_project: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schools_and_universities_project

Using wikis: http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com/WikiWriting

Matt Barton, St. Cloud State U: Rhetoric and Composition wikibook: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Rhetoric_and_Composition

Classroom back-channel discussion forums: Students share notes to the class

Twitter http://twitter.com Teaching with Twitter http://chronicle.com/blogPost/blogPost-content/26097  EtherPad http://etherpad.org/  TodaysMeet http://www.todaysmeet.com/

Social networking/forum sites: Moodle, Ning, Google Groups, Tappedin.org

Youth Voices: exchanges between high school students: http://youthvoices.net/

Literary Worlds site http://www.literaryworlds.org 

Use of Facebook profile friends: To Kill a Mockingbird http://tinyurl.com/yf7nwk9

Purpose: Formulating arguments using online role-play/games

Conducting online role-play debate on a class blog, WebCT, DesiretoLearn, Moodle, Ning, etc. Fighting Sioux mascot debate (used with Montana, 1948): http://roleplaymascots.blogspot.com 


1. Find an issue with equally viable competing perspectives relevant to your course or topic

2. Adopt pro- con roles related to the stance and having them create a bio entry in which they define their roles and stance related to the issue.

3. Conduct research on this issue by searching for material online that supports their position.

4. Formulate positions and respond to others' statements using counter-arguments/evidence.

5. Formulate some alternative solutions to the problem, noting reasons why these solutions make work, as well as refute the viability of proposed solutions.

6. Reflect on adopting a role and the effectiveness of different arguments

Beach, R., & Doerr-Stevens, C.  http://tinyurl.com/d8voac

Other related persuasive writing games or resources

Ink, first-year college composition at Michigan State University: http://writing.msu.edu/ink/research.htm The Persuasive Games site http://www.persuasivegames.com, Democracy, http://positech.co.uk/democracy/faq.html, A Force More Powerful http://www.afmpgame.com, Peacemaker http://www.peacemakergame.com, Global Warming Interactive, http://www.globalwarminginteractive.com/game.html, Debatepedia: http://wiki.idebate.org Evoke (game addressing global issues) http://www.urgentevoke.com/ 

Purpose: Using audio/video tools to share messages or provide feedback

Podcasting: Record audio podcasts using Garageband (Mac only) or Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/).  For tutorials on podcasting tools: (http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com/McCauley+and+Beach:+Tutorials+on+Creating+Podcasts).

- Create book talks or productions, for example, summarizing events in a novel

Screencasting: Using screencasting tools Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing/ Screenr http://screenr.com/ Camtasia Studies (Windows): http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp Screenflick http://www.araelium.com/screenflick/

- Using Jing to give feedback to student writing:  http://tinyurl.com/28g26uw