Next week is spring break for me and while I’m disappointed that most of it looks like it will be rainy, that’s probably for the best since I’m still finishing up my talk for CCCC the following week. This year, CCCC will be in balmy Tampa and I’ll be presenting on “A Technologized Writing Pedagogy: Teaching the Writer’s Tools in FYC” during a session on “Pedagogy, Multimodality, and Digital Technology.” I’m engaging with the question of what role explicit instruction on technology can play in the writing classroom, a question compositionists have gone back and forth on. It’s still common to hear writing instructors say that they don’t want to waste classroom time teaching how to use particular technologies. I’ll be engaging with that question through the lens of Activity Theory and Stuart Selber’s work on multiliteracies and sharing my own attempts at technologizing my pedagogy by teaching the writer’s tools explicitly to students.
A link to my handout: E08 Reid CCCC 2015 Handout