Text message, #Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We all know these digital based programs; in fact, we probably have an account of own for most of them. I'll admit, I have all four. I text daily, Twitter occasionally (#slacker #wannabe #don'tseethepoint), Facebook constantly, and check Instagram at least once a day. How about you? If your text messages, tweets, pictures and status updates were just deleted for a week, how would you communicate outside of the spoken word? We'd be back to snail mail and knocking on doors.
We do not live in a traditional world anymore, and even more so than us, our students live in an almost solely digital world. It is time we implement digital writing into our curricula. When we tweet, we are writing for our followers (#ihavenofollowersbesidesmymom). We post on Facebook to reach out to our friends, acquaintances and occasionally people we don't even remember how we know them anymore. However, in the classroom our students write papers, respones, poems and short stories for one person: the teacher. By simply searching Google we have hundreds of people's opinions at our fingertips, but our classrooms are still designed for one person.
It is time we include digital writing in our lessons. It is an injustice to our students if we do otherwise.