Digital Composition Institute: Place-Based Writing

In 2010, Prairie Lands Writing Project (PLWP) received a NWP Rural Sites Network mini-grant which allowed us to create and deliver two place-based digital composition institutes for teachers running simultaneously for five days in two rural locales. The participating teachers had the opportunity to study and write about local places important in their own and/or their students’ lives, publish two of their pieces as digital compositions using software and hardware available at their school settings, and develop protocols for looking at and assessing their own and their students’ digital compositions.  The institutes were planned and/or facilitated by a cadre of PLWP Teacher Consultants with expertise in place-based writing and teaching with technology.  This cadre formed a learning community using Google Docs to share their expertise about place-based writing and Web 2.0 teaching technologies.