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ERIC Number: ED439390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 5
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Technology & Literacy: Is There a Positive Relationship?
Fisher, Douglas; Lapp, Diane; Flood, James
The California Reader, v32 n4 p35-38 Sum 1999
As computers become an integral part of classrooms, educators need to determine if there are uses of computers that are supported by research. Recent research has examined uses of technology in the classroom for writing instruction, electronic literacy environment, and electronic portfolios. Results of these studies on writing instruction indicate that technology helps children to focus on content rather than mechanics; encourages the production of more and better developed essays; and reduces the drudgery of editing. Research also demonstrates that accessing electronic literacy environments produces: increased specialized vocabulary and coherence; wide-ranging possibilities for communication and expression; and improved mechanics of writing. In terms of electronic portfolios, studies demonstrate that they encourage students to align their school work with performance standards; provide an opportunity for students to share their literacy development with others; increase knowledge of technology; and improve literacy overall. With support, teachers can add powerful computing tools to the host of instructional strategies they use to engage students in meaningful instruction. (Contains 22 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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