You may be asking: Why are there so many different ways to post on Youth Voices?
At the top of your profile, you will see several tabs. These open different tools that you can use to write and make media. These tabs represent a spectrum of discourse options (different ways of communicating) available to you on Youth Voices.
How do you choose which tool to use?
It depends on who you are writing or making media for and how you want your audience to respond. The details are in this chart, and all of this will make more sense to you once you complete the activities in the Introductions playlist.
|Tabs||Types of Discourse (Ways of Communicating)||Tools and what youth make with them||Examples|
|Activity||Fast, short writing or media making for yourself and available to people who visit your profile||Youth regularly post status updates, each of which can include a photo, slideshow, quote, GIF, file, audio, video, audio, link, or emoji. The youths’ comments and replies on texts, videos, and images on NowComment also appear on their activity timelines.||Brendaly’s Activity Timeline|
|Docs||Informal writing for yourself, like in a writer’s notebook, with some drafts revised or developed collaboratively||Youth write daily journals where they freewrite, capture first impressions, create first drafts, express their thoughts, speculate about important questions, and more. They also invite peers and teachers to respond to their docs, and they revise and proofread their work here.||Brendaly’s Journal|
|Comments & Replies||Correspondence (like a letter) written to the author of a status update, a doc, or a discussion post, including replies to others’ comments about your work||Youth are encouraged to follow the commenting guides which scaffold how to quote from the work they are responding to and which give ideas for how to write in open ways that invite further conversation.||Brendaly’s Comments|
|Discussion Posts||Raising your voice with writing and media about issues that are important to you and your community for the purpose of engaging peers and the general public in conversations||Using the WordPress Block Editor, youth publish both short- and long-form posts of any genre and using all media–from poems and stories to personal narratives and literary essays and from reactions to current events to well-researched, cited arguments. The youths’ comments and replies on texts, videos, and images on NowComment also appear as posts on their timelines–capturing their lives as readers as well as writers and media makers.||Brendaly’s Discussion Posts (with NowComment Annotations)|
|Bookmarks||Reflection on moments of learning and thoughtfulness that students have selected from their activity updates on their profile timelines||After selecting significant items from their timelines, youth make comments on their own activity posts, which can include images, videos, audio files, or GIFs, to say how this work shows their strengths as learners with reference to the Habits of Mind. These become building blocks for the students’ digital portfolios.||Brendaly’s Bookmarks|
|Working Portfolio||Thoughtful collections of work, with reflection and self-assessment on that work, designed by youth to highlight their areas of interest, growth, and accomplishment.||Youth select the most meaningful and significant work from their timelines and reflect on this work by writing and making media about how the work demonstrates their learning with specific reference to the Habits of Mind. We have begun to experiment with Google’s Web Stories and other such multimodal and visual tools so that students can communicate the highlights of their portfolios quickly and provide links to deeper dives into their work.||Brendaly’s Working Portfolio|
|In Coming on Center (1981), James Moffett calls for students to be given “an emotional mandate to play the whole symbolic scale, to find suspects and shape them, to invent ways to act upon others, and to discover their own voice.”|