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

Newsflash: The Information Age, which favored the left brain, is over, according to Daniel Pink in his revolutionary new book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. This collection explores the book and considers how the themes presented in A Whole New Mind may influence culture and education.

Released in 2009, The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann) blends the pedagogical approach of a "writing workshop" with the technical and rhetorical features of "digital writing." This collection features a number of resources related to the concepts presented in the book, many of which feature fellow NWP teachers and examples from their classrooms.

This collection considers the tension associated with helping students find their voices as communicators and make their messages public.

In November 2009, I had the honor and privilege of speaking to a group of NWP leaders, teachers, consultants, and friends at a convening for the NWP's DIGITAL IS initiative. This collection features the presentation itself along with a selection of related resources.

What does it mean to teach digital writing? Not in general, but in specific: specific teachers, specific students, specific opportunities. In this collection we invite you to look at a sampler of what 'digital' is in five classrooms.

This collection highlights three of the many excellent resources tagged voice and audience on the Digital Is website. Important elements of the digital classroom—inquiry, emerging experts, and a pedagogy of collegiality—are clearly themes in the work of these classrooms.

The typical kindergarten classroom is a cacophony of voices matched by the constant motion of little bodies. Every square inch of space offers opportunities for kids to construct, create, talk, share, and use their hands. Where in this picture is the time and space for technology?

Jenkins, et al. (2007) characterize today's society as one based on participation, using the term "participatory culture" to describe how we are no longer pure consumers of media, but producers, sharers, and collaborators.

Youth are communicating with each other and the larger society today using a variety of digital and social media tools, but what are they saying? What possibilities do these digital tools hold for social, political, and economic change?