So I was thinking....
Recently, when working with a group of teachers I was struck by how often I heard the refrain, "I'd like to do some digital writing with my students, but I just haven't had the time to figure out how to start," nearly the same words used in your introduction, Kim. I think what seemed out of place in the comments was that they were coming from relatively new teachers, people who use Facebook, date online, read with a Kindle, listen to Pandora - all the slick 21st century stuff, but then go to their classroom and are surrounded by stacks of paper, their students' laptops used as portable typewriters if they're used at all.
This collection reminds me that trying something new - breaking across that chasm between "school" and "life" can be difficult, particulary when the schema of school, the notion of what it has for centuries meant to teach and learn, has partly been about direction, the "one-authority," teacher at the front scenario that is challenged by a room of students armed with computers and a world of teachers available on the www. And it seems it's also about where we've learned our craft of teaching, and what gatekeepers we as teachers need to pass through to stay professionally employed. One supervisor encouraging technology use can empower a teacher's foray into the world of teaching and learning in a digital environment; a scowl at a room of students working with technology can send the technology away just as quickly.
I'm glad to see you describe this as a journey, Kim. Sometimes it's a journey with a GPS that's constantly recalculating, and sometimes sending me in the wrong direction for a brief time until it all falls together. But I think my students and I are always a much further along writing digitally. There's certainly more to see on the way. One of the biggest things I've learned along the way though, is that sometimes, my students have a better approach to get to the goals we're trying to achieve, and that it's OK to experiment with computers. We learn by doing and there's always a restart button somewhere.
Glad to see this collection here!