Application Deadline & Keynotes!

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The Deadline Is Almost Here! - April 1, 2016

If you make digital writing a regular part of your teaching practice, we want you to be a featured speaker! As a member of the 4TDW Team, you'll gain valuable virtual facilitation skills and become part of an amazing network of educators.


We're also seeking moderators who do not need to be ELA teachers, just educators who are jazzed about virtual professional learning.


Plus, you get paid and earn PD credits!


  • Featured speakers earn $300 and 14 SCECHs (at not cost).
  • Moderators earn $100 and 14 SCECHs (at no cost).


For more details and to apply, click here.


Questions? Contact Delia DeCourcy, delia.decourcy@oakland.k12.mi.us

Opening Keynote - Antero Garcia & Nicole Mirra

Composing the Future: Designing Digital Writing Experiences that Foster Connection, Participation, and Justice

Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 7:30pm


Digital writing tools abound in today’s educational context – teachers and students are presented with an overwhelming array of options for designing, producing, and sharing compositions that can reach massive audiences almost instantaneously. In the face of so many choices, how can educators harness digital tools in ways that meet student needs, amplify their voices, and help them develop as individuals, scholars, and citizens? We will offer a framework for designing digital writing experiences that capitalizes on what digital tools do best – connecting young people to open networks of people and resources that help them to explore their interests and participate in empowering social action. We will share student writing and discuss strategies for implementing innovative digital writing projects in classroom and community learning spaces.

Closing Keynote - Kevin Hodgson

A Day in the Life of a Digital Writer/Educator

Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 7:30pm


Sixth grade teacher and Western Massachusetts Writing Project Technology Co-Director Kevin Hodgson breaks down a day of digital writing. His keynote will not only uncover the widening variety of media available to compose in this digital age, but also make visible the strategies and intent of using technology for an ever-expanding notion of what writing is and can be. Topics of audience, stance, publication, collaboration and Connected Learning principles will inform the session, making clear that it's not about the technology--it's about the writer. Kevin will also connect his personal life as a digital writer with his teaching practice in the classroom. And he will preview the annual global Digital Writing Month inquiry celebration happening in November.