Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media

Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media

Kendra N. Bryant (Florida A&M University, USA)
Release Date: August, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 306|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0562-4
ISBN13: 9781522505624|ISBN10: 1522505628|EISBN13: 9781522505631


Basic composition courses have become a fundamental requirement for the major of university degrees available today. These classes allow students to enhance their critical thinking, writing, and reading skills; however, frequent use of technology and online activity can be detrimental to students’ comprehension.

Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media is a pivotal reference source for the latest research on the integration of social media platforms into academic writing classes, focusing on how such technology encourages writing and enables students to grasp basic composition skills in classroom settings. Highlighting emerging theoretical foundations and pedagogical practices, this book is ideally designed for educators, upper-level students, researchers, and academic professionals.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Blogging and Microblogging
  • E-portfolios
  • Health Communication
  • Professional Development
  • Reception Theory
  • Scaffolding
  • Technical Writing

Reviews and Testimonials

Writing instructors from the US and Saudi Arabia contribute 16 essays on the integration of social media into college writing classes. They discuss the integration of Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, Instagram, and Podbean; using blogs and social media networks like Facebook, and activism and selfies on them; incorporating WordPress, LinkedIn, and Twitter to help students with professional development; and using wikis, including Wikipedia.

– Protoview Reviews

The 16 chapters in this volume are divided into five sections which examine various aspects of broadening the use of “digital literacies,” particularly social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, in the college writing classroom. By involving different forms of writing, and examining the elements used there, students gain another view of the writing process. The projects and experiences described here are in fact fascinating, as they use the everyday Internet activities of young students in a new way, to have them examine the writing process from several points of view.

– Mark Schumacher, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Kendra N. Bryant holds a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Composition from The University of South Florida, Tampa. Her interests rest in writing with technology as well as African American rhetoric, novel, and poetics. She has published chapter essays on literary figures such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Maya Angelou. Kendra’s other works appear in Exploring Technology for Writing and Writing Instruction and The Journal of Basic Writing. Additionally, she is published in Studies in Popular Culture, the quint, and Trayvon Martin, Race and American Justice: Writing Wrong. At the time of this publication, Kendra was an assistant professor of English at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, where she edited and compiled its Freshman Communicative Skills II required reader, Writing from the Hill: An Introduction to Writing about Literature. She is now teaching at The University of North Georgia, Oconee.