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Lafer, Stephen – Computers in the Schools, 1996
Understanding the interrelationships that exist between a writer or speaker, audience, and subject is essential to growth in discourse and writing. Because students in K-12 classrooms respond primarily to teacher questions, they get little practice in assessing audience. Computers and particularly "cybercafe" e-mail can facilitate…
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Computers, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lafer, Stephen – Computers in the Schools, 1997
Discusses the need for educational environments that allow for authentic learning. Shows how the Internet enables practice in which students are able to manipulate concepts for the sake of getting things done and receiving feedback regarding how well the application of an understanding worked. Provides examples of three learning activities on the…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback
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Lafer, Stephen; Markert, Andrew – Computers in the Schools, 1994
Considers the potential of Lego TC Logo, a product that integrates Lego building materials with computers, for creating contexts for learning that give elementary school students a sense that their work is authentic. Topics include the concept of authentic learning situations; consequences of unauthentic classrooms; cooperation; and evaluation.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students