ERIC Number: EJ709378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Cybermentoring: An Online Literacy Project in Teacher Education
T.H.E. Journal, v32 n2 p32 Sep 2004
This case study looks at teacher candidates who were enrolled in a content-area literacy course and used online technologies and literacy strategies to promote meaningful learning among students at a remote elementary school some 45 miles away from the university campus. As they worked under the guidance of a classroom teacher, a professor and a doctoral candidate, they developed online writing assignments and served as writing "cybermentors" for students in a first- and second-grade classroom. They communicated with students through the use of a project database, then devised a holistic guide to judge and document the students' overall performance. Barriers that the cybermentors encountered were a lack of classroom computers and individual help for each student in the classroom. Even though the students were working diligently on their stories, sometimes the cybermentors had to wait at the university to receive new stories from the students. Therefore, it is highly recommended that more help in the classroom be provided to keep the project going.
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Grade 1, Grade 2, Mentors, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Benefits
T.H.E. Institute, 18528 Westside Hwy., Vashon, WA 98070. Web site: http://www.thejournal.com/institute/contactus.cfm.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
Authoring Institution: N/A