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ERIC Number: EJ960156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Empowering Fourth-Grade Researchers: Reaping the Rewards of Web 2.0 Student-Centered Learning
Atkinson, Terry S.; Swaggerty, Elizabeth A.
Language Arts, v89 n2 p99-112 Nov 2011
NCTE's Framework for 21st Century Literacies (2008) prompted collaboration between a university professor and classroom teacher resulting in a professional inquiry project utilizing a Web 2.0 tool, Scrapblog, with fourth-grade students. This article describes implementation of this project, including both challenges and positive outcomes. The authors found that the effort paid dividends in terms of student engagement ("Please, can I work on my Scrapblog?"), student empowerment (shift the responsibility for learning to the student), and collaboration (among university professor, classroom teacher, and students). Specific recommendations for moving beyond traditional literacy instruction practices and delving into 21st Century Web 2.0 learning experiences are included. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A