ERIC Number: ED443100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Dancing on the Keyboard: A Theoretical Basis for the Use of Computers in the Classroom.
This paper offers a theoretical rationale for the use of technology--and particularly interactive electronic media, such as graphics-enabled word-processing programs, "talking books," e-mail, computer-assisted writing programs, and the World Wide Web--in the classroom. The rationale focuses on two aspects of literacy development: the ability to consider multiple symbolic perspectives in the process of making meaning and the ability to reflect on language. The tool of technology enables children to work with multiple sign systems simultaneously, thereby providing opportunities for them to reflect on language while constructing meaning from multiple perspectives in the social context of the classroom. How this resource is used affects literacy development in a multitude of ways. These theoretical constructs provide a foundation for suggestions for practice, presented in a series of classroom scenarios. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Language Acquisition, Literacy, Multimedia Materials, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.