Writing and Thinking through Technology
July 6 – July 11, 2014
This version of the weeklong Writing and Thinking workshop invites participants to immerse themselves in IWT’s basic writing practices, reflect on their own experiences as teachers, and consider the impact that technology now undeniably has on the way we conceive and use writing both inside and outside the classroom. This workshop will not focus on “digital tool kits,” building course sites, or learning how to use the educational software available to us. Instead, we explore the way that technologies can enrich the composing process, foster collaboration and build learning communities, and stimulate attention and critical thought. Participants consider ways that writing-based teaching practices can support students as they learn to be responsible digital citizens, as well as how writing might be used as a tool for focusing in a tech-driven fast-paced world. Teachers meet in groups of 12 to 15 for a series of fifteen 90-minute or 2-hour sessions, in which they explore their values and concerns as writers and teachers. The sessions also focus on such topics as invention strategies, coaching the writing process, and revision—with a particular emphasis on how these topics are affected by technology, and how the use of digital tools, the Internet, and computers can be used to expand the potential of writing beyond the notebook page. Note: Please bring a laptop or tablet.
Workshop fee: $1200.00. The fee includes tuition and a single-occupancy dorm room on the Bard College campus, meals (beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast), and materials. The commuter fee is $900.00.