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Digital Writing for English Language Learners

Rusul Alrubail

Digital Writing for English Language learners looks at practical ways educators can implement the use of technology in their English and Language Arts classroom for English Language Learners. The book provides a variety of classroom activities and assignments that can be completed with English Language Learners using social media and other digital writing tools. The book also looks at creating a culture that fosters the necessary conditions for student voice to thrive in an English Language Learners’ classroom. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 80Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
978-1-4758-3109-2 • Hardback • April 2017 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4758-3110-8 • Paperback • April 2017 • $18.00 • (£11.95)
978-1-4758-3113-9 • eBook • April 2017 • $16.00 • (£10.95)
Rusul Alrubail is the Co-founder of The Writing Project, an education writer, and a student voice advocate. She has taught English composition and literature to English language learners for the past 10 years.
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Chapter 5: Creating a Culture of Connectivity
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Digital writing tools offer great learning opportunities for English Language Learners, and you won't find a better teacher's guide to using them than Rusul Alrubail's book, Digital Writing for English Language Learners.
Larry Ferlazzo, high school teacher, Education Week Teacher advice columnist, and author of Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2016)

In my career as a teacher for more than 17 years, I have never run across a book that dealt with Digital writing—which is such a cutting-edge topic—with subtlety and tact. Rusul suggests an exhaustive list of activities to carry out with English language learners. For ELTs, this is a trove of innovative activities not to be missed.
Faten Romdhani, senior teacher of English, blogger and eTwinning ambassador

This is one of those rare books that English teachers and teachers of English Language Learners will keep right beside them as they plan lessons because it is packed with engaging, immediate use strategies, advice, and resources. What I love most about its focus on ELLs and how to give them access to the "Seven Survival Skills" Tony Wagner says are critical to student success: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration across networks, agility and adaptability, initiative, effective written communication, accessing and analyzing information, curiosity and imagination.
Rusul ties in easy ways to help ELLs develop the 21st century skills of digital citizenship and digital literacy. She is the "real deal"—an authentic and genuine education writer whose work is grounded in a decade of classroom experience teaching secondary and college English. And she practices what she preaches through her work amplifying student voice at The Writing Project and as a passionate voice for equity, social justice, and race in her advisory role with Educolor.
Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year

Youth empowerment, teaching as agency for social change, and responding to the intersectional identities of English Language Learners are topics that do not receive attention in traditional teacher education courses, but are sophisticatedly enacted wherever Rusul Alrubail leaves her digital footprint. As a member of the EduColor collective, I have the pleasure of collaborating with Ms. Alrubail on numerous equity initiatives. Every day I witness her diligence and commitment to creating radically compassionate and authentic online spaces for all. I strongly encourage teachers and teacher educators to read Digital Writing for English Language Learners, from an author whose expertise about digital writing and pedagogy is effectively combined to create this accessible and practical guide. The examples, tips, and images provided throughout the book will inform those who are new to digital communication modes, as well as those who are seeking to improve their existing digital efforts to become more inclusive of all learners.
Mildred Boveda, teacher educator, Florida International University