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ERIC Number: EJ788299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
The Authors Gallery: A Meaningful Integration of Technology and Writing
Martin, Deb
Middle School Journal (J3), v39 n4 p13-19 Mar 2008
In this article, the author first explains what an authors gallery is and suggests additional uses and modifications. Next, readers are taken through a day-by-day description of creating the gallery while having the theory behind this pedagogical choice explained. The step-by-step discussion is supported with student examples and concepts drawn from social construction and multimodal discourse theory. From invention and drafting strategies to revising and editing activities used to get the texts in top shape, ending with a discussion of evaluating student writing and the benefits of student reflection. The gallery features student narratives, WordArt titles (decorative text features such as adding colors and shapes, shadowing, stretching, and rotating), three dimensional frames, and digitally enhanced photos of the student authors. This activity is easily completed in one week. It can be done with limited word processing experience and, in fact, can serve as an introduction to computers, putting basic skills to work and computer protocols in place in a way that is productive and meaningful. The author has used the project as a middle school interactive parents night exhibit where parents browse works on the computer screens and are invited to write comments or questions. The concept is simple, yet achieves many important pedagogical, technical, and community-building goals. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A