Annotated Bibliography # 4

Tanti, Miriam. “Literacy Education In The Digital Age: Using Blogging To Teach Writing.” Teaching English With Technology12.2 (2012): 132. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.

This article focused on talking about how media integration improved literacy skills and also helped build strong foundations for syllabus framing. The students were able to hone in on critical thinking skills based on the word limit or maximum that the different blogs required. As a result they were forced to hone in on their main arguments in order to achieve the correct formatting. The students were also able to use this critical thinking to expand main points and form arguments that were closely tied into what we can consider “mini-thesises.”  These are skills that will only continue to develop and follow them into higher levels of education. Because of the centralized and focused approach to writing, the students find that the struggle lies more so in cutting themselves off rather than having too little to say. The idea of blogging and the conciseness of that format tricks the students into thinking they are doing less work than they actually are. As a result, they are shedding the excess and fluff and putting their best ideas forward.