For some reason ‘Essays’ still hold a position of honour as crowning achievements of literacy. Essays as a symbol of rigor, ignor that our world is about stories, not essays. Essays are an artifact of only having print based text as a method for academics to share information over long distances.
We now have a multitude of other ways to share stories in addition to live worldwide, simultaneous interaction including:
Image Edit / Creation
Linear Text Based
Note-taking / Annotating
Text Publishing (Blogs, Wikis)
(Check out – https://iamliterate.wikispaces.com/collaboration for more details)
Podcasting / Voice Recording
Video Recording with no video
There are additional uses as Adaptive Tools for students with additional needs.
To see a chart providing example writing activities cross platform
See also Presentation – Death of the Traditional Essay