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Teach and Learn

What are we learning about how people develop as digital writers and connected learners?

Resources in this collection have emerged from a growing partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Writing Project (NWP) designed to bolster connected learning opportunities within the national parks and reach more young visitors and educators.

This collection of case studies, each originally published by Connected Learning TV, features three communities who build on fan interests and engagement to unite, inspire, and drive social change. 

This collection highlights six case studies centered on evidence the authors have uncovered through teacher inquiry and structured conversations about students’ digital writing.

Art and Craft

What are we learning about the art and craft of digital writing?

As eBooks and immersive, web-based texts continue to proliferate, many of us still wonder how to approach this type of reading, both for ourselves and our students. Even as librarians, teachers, and readers debate the quality, availability, and just plain fun of ebooks, we know that more and more of our students are experiencing them. In this collection, we explore a variety of formats...

What does it look like when young people are writing on their own terms, in spaces outside of school? What new ways of composing do digital media tools open up for us, and what does that mean as it relates to literacy pedagogy and writing instruction inside of schools? This collection features resources written by Hip-hop & spoken word artists & entrepreneurs who work first-hand with youth on initiatives that center youth production and literacy.  

Our lives are awash in short form compositions. What is the impact of these brief bursts of words and characters on teens, on teaching, and on writing itself?


What ideas provoke us to think differently about literacy and connected learning in the digital age?

Making Learning Connected is an event we offered during The Summer to Make, Play & Connect by Educator Innovator and was...

The Make Movement is a shift towards helping us see the value in the act of creating instead of merely consuming. As more young people spend their time online, it is important for us, as educators, to consider how we can help them develop the agency to move from being passive consumers to active creators.

How do youth explore and express identity online? How can educators support students as they work through this stage of development in online spaces?