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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone.

This week, an interview with our colleague Elyse Eidman-Aadahl was published to the DML Central weblog of the MacArthur Foundations’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative. In that interview she said:

I think this is an incredibly exciting time to teach writing. We have the chance to participate in this redefinition of our core discipline. Nobody has the answers to where this is going, and by being a writer yourself and participating in digital environments alongside the youth you work with, you are able to observe patterns and experience the new in such a way that you could be part of remaking knowledge in the field of composition. The writing revolution is not done and we can be right in the middle of it.

As we start to wrap up the week and enter into the weekend, we offer this interview as a place to spend some time too. Read through what Elyse said, review the artifacts she shared ... and then dialogue around these ideas. Feel free to post your thoughts here or even to comment there to the larger audience of DML. 

Then, continue to build your relationship with each other and Digital Is. Several of you have began browsing Digital Is this week already. Share the links you find with us here and your reflections about what you find, see, notice, and wonder about too.

And, if you are ready, go ahead and interact at Digital Is too. Here are some suggestions:

  • Engage in the conversation:  Comment on 2-3 resources and engage in a discussion already underway.
  • Post a blog post or respond to someone else's post.
  • Share some of the resources you found via another forum you use, like Facebook, twitter, etc.

Thanks everyone for the time spent together already!

Christina, Katherine and Troy

Task Discussion

  • KevinHodgson   March 10, 2012, 6:20 a.m.

    I did post a blog post over at DI, using Elyse's words as inspiration for a found poem.




    Beyond This Moment in Time

    Writers still mean something -
    We make the world: piece by piece, bit by bit
    Design it - Circulate it
    Participate in it

    Write yourself
    right into the middle of it -
    Look for patterns
    Understand the shift

    Making, creating, collaborating
    Producing real work that matters -
    Slow down and take oneself

    Take the noise in your head
    and shape your mind into
    the act of writing.

    Step out into the world.

  • Katherine   March 11, 2012, 7:59 a.m.
    In Reply To:   KevinHodgson   March 10, 2012, 6:20 a.m.

    What a nice way to start a Sunday morning by reading this poem, Kevin!  Love it.  I wanted to pull out a line or two and indicate that these were what spoke to me most, but I find that difficult to do as the poem moves so deliberately--resists containment (much like writing and our engagement with it).  I like the process captured and emphasized here, and I really appreciate the way that the poem begins and ends:  "Writers still mean something...Step out into the world."  There is a clear message here, and the emphasis is on action and continuing the process.