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West, Jessica A. – E-Learning and Digital Media, 2019
In this article, I share the ways in which New Literacies theory served as an interpretive lens to understand how the Internet as a cultural tool mediates the literacy actions of adolescents in English Language Arts classrooms. Data were drawn from a larger study in which students who were considered "at-risk" because of previous…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Literacy Education, Internet
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Kohnen, Angela M. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2017
This qualitative study examined a five-day summer professional development workshop for English language arts teachers on argument writing. Fourteen teacher participants learned from five different professionals who discussed the role of argument in their fields. Teacher blog posts were coded to understand what teacher participants perceived as…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Writing Instruction, Seminars
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Brown, H. Quincy – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
Nationwide, the increasing popularity of e-books is undeniable; sales of e-books increased an astounding 4,456% over a 5-year period. Researchers, Miranda, Johnson, and Rossi-Williams, determined that e-readers have a positive impact on students' desire to read. This study attempted to determine if the use of institution issued e-readers would…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Handheld Devices, Electronic Publishing, Books
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Seglem, Robyn; Bonner, Sarah – Middle School Journal, 2016
This article highlights an inquiry project in an eighth-grade ELA class in a rural middle school. Using the novel "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, we encouraged students to form questions relating the text to the larger world. To begin the unit, students participated in three anchor activities over a three-week period. Students blogged…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Grade 9, Rural Schools, Middle School Students