ERIC Number: ED430529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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An Online Adventure with BCReading and Wolftrip.
Luce, Eric F.
This case study of electronic correspondence and interactions shares some things that seemed to work and some that didn't when a seventh grade remedial reading class chatted online with a university-based professor of curriculum and instruction. The middle school students and teacher became quite interested in this activity. These students were reading and writing even though their tested reading levels were far below grade level. This report illustrates challenges and opportunities that arise when new technologies are used for teaching reading and writing and illustrates one way that technology was allowed to play a role in faculty development and training. If it were not for the existence of a differentiated faculty development and professional performance appraisal system for the middle school teachers, it is unlikely that either the teacher or the class would have gone online. Moreover, without technical assistance from one of the students in the class (who was a hacker), this online adventure would never have gotten off the drawing board. This paper describes a way that was found to address questions over who will train teachers and how time can be found for teachers to learn to use technology to support their teaching and their students' learning. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Grade 7, Interaction, Internet, Middle Schools, Remedial Reading, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Technology Integration, Training, Writing Instruction
Web site: http://www.mtsu.edu/~itconf/proceed97/luce.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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