ERIC Number: ED347508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Telecomputing and Children's Literature.
McGlinn, James E.
Because telecomputing can be such a powerful tool for stimulating communications among students, it is important for teachers to learn how to apply this technology in their classrooms. Free Educational Mail (FrEdMail) is an electronic network through which K-12 students, teachers, and administrators in the United States and other countries can use computers to communicate with each other using the telephone lines. The equipment required includes a micro-computer with a single disk drive and a modem. A communications software program and a word processing software program are also required. A simple beginning project that can help familiarize teachers and students with telecomputing is to survey other members of the FrEdMail network concerning particular works of children's literature. More in-depth projects are also possible. Education students at the University of North Carolina at Ashville conducted an extended discussion of "Charlotte's Web" with a fourth-grade class and a Chapter 1 class from Asheville Alternative School; solicited book reports from sixth-grade students; and solved riddles written by sixth graders in Pennsylvania. Telecomputing broadens the opportunities for reading and discussing children's literature in the classroom. It gives children a way of comparing their own experiences with literature with those of others from different parts of the world. (A table presenting guidelines for planning and carrying out telecomputing projects is included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Charlottes Web; FrEdMail; University of North Carolina Asheville
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).