Connected Learning Professional Learning Teaching Writing

The Landscape of Digital Writing


This first chapter of Because Digital Writing Matters explores the new digital landscape for writing, examining both the complexities and challenges of digital writing for teachers and students, and unpacking what is necessary for educators and policymakers to understand in order to develop and sustain effective digital writing programs and curricula. The authors offer numerous examples of rich and integrated ways educators have found to meet state standards through connected learning and leverage the ability to share ideas, resources, and information across digital spaces. This chapter offers background and perspectives that may be useful in promoting conversations related to the changing roles of teachers and students within a dynamic digital environment.



“This chapter surveys the new digital landscape for writing and examines why digital writing is complex and challenging, for both teachers and students. It identifies and explores some of the complexity that educators and policymakers should understand if they are to develop and sustain effective digital writing programs or curricula. It addresses as well some of the myths and realities surrounding the teaching and learning of digital writing practices, and begins to suggest ways that teachers and administrators can assess how well digital writing is being taught in their schools.”