#DigiLit Sunday: Digital Voice


Our current students have never known life without connectivity. With the advent of the internet in 1991, the world has literally opened up on many frontiers.  So students today have more options for connectivity but do they take advantage of and utilize those options to the fullest extent possible?

Do ALL students know the range of possibilitites?  

When and where do students choose a project that allows them to explore their passions?  

Do they use their voices for change?

Digital voice.  What is it?  When I searched in Dictionary.com, it sent me to ads. Google Images had a vast array of devices that varied in size and purpose but could digitally record voices.

What if digital voice is simply about “finding and using your voice digitally”?


Example 1:  This reminded me of a post that I both read and listened to yesterday from Seth Berg an elementary school principal. He has a program called “Mr. Berg Reads” because,

“I love to read and I love to share that love with others, especially students. When I do, I find that they share their love of reading with me too. It’s awesome. Just a bit of genuine modeling and some time spent suspending disbelief, digging into information, or traveling through history together seems to connect us in very cool readerly ways.”  Source link here

If you aren’t yet convinced by his written words, check out the video of him reading Celia here.

Seth Berg has a digital voice in both his blog and in his YouTube video of reading Celia. A blog and a video that shares his passion for reading.

Does “voice” have to include an auditory component?

Example 2:

“Education is a right.” Malala Yousafzai

Her voice has been shared digitally across the world. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is known for her passionate speeches advocating for change.  You can see and hear Malala’s Call to Action here.

How has Malala’s digital voice impacted the world?

Teacher expectations set the ceiling for student learning.  Is a future Nobel Peace Prize winner in your writing workshop?  How are you giving your students digital voice now to find and develop their interests and passions so that they can be “All that they can be!”

The journey starts with the first step. Open up your classroom to the world. You can choose the digital tools:  infographics, facebook, twitter or blogs.  You can provide the practice time.  But students NEED and DESERVE real audiences and real choices in order to share their passions with the world!

Where will you begin?



6 responses

  1. I love the approach you took to this call to digital voice. Giving students the opportunity to have a voice, hear a voice and use it to drive them to new heights is one I wasn’t thinking about. Funny how we all took different approaches to the idea of digital voice. I love it when that happens!

    1. The power of collaboration means different ideas generated. I agree that it’s so nice to see totally different ideas!

  2. Real audiences and real choices to let out their real voices! I like the idea of asking my students if they can use their voices as agents of change? How can we model that for them? Thanks for joining this conversation. I have the feeling this may be a topic worth repeating.

    1. I love world change as a goal but little things about the school day are perfect topics for students. We must allow them and inspire them to self-advocate!

  3. I love that you interpreted “digital voice” as a voice of action – an agent of change. I, too, want my students to feel empowered to change the world. Let’s hear their voices!

    1. I really want our students to be tackle the change that is needed- it’s their world too!

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