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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Word processing continues to be the focus in many classrooms, although more and more teachers now ask students to publish on the Web, engage in e-mail conversations regarding their reading and writing, create slide presentations that represent their learning, post to blog sites, etc. And while there is a growing body of research that supports…
Descriptors: Internet, Computers, Word Processing, Computer Uses in Education
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers how colleges and universities are turning their first-year composition courses into computer-intensive writing experiences, and sooner or later this momentum will push computers into secondary language arts classrooms. Presents annotations of seven websites that offer teaching ideas for middle school language arts. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Uses in Education, Instructional Improvement, Internet
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains a shift in reading instruction theories, from defining reading as a set of discrete skills to understanding the role prior knowledge plays in comprehension. Presents annotations of 11 web sites that give teachers ideas about how to help students construct meaning and how to transact with text in powerful ways. Notes that these strategies…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Graphic Organizers, Internet, Prior Learning
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Suggests three main characteristics middle school students can look for when deciding whether a Web site has reliable information. Encourages students to "Think APE": Author, Purpose, and Expiration date. Presents an annotated list of eight Web sites to help build Web literacy. (SG)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, English Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Internet
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Discusses how the technology of alphabetic writing is the first technology to "blame" for students' spelling problems. Considers the use of computers and spell checkers in dealing with spelling issues. Lists 10 Web sites that address spelling reform; research on spelling; and spelling lists, tests, tips, and games. (SG)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Spelling Instruction
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Provides an annotated list of 12 web sites to turn to for information concerning the ramifications of high-stakes testing. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Internet
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Presents descriptions of 14 websites that are divided into two categories: sites to help teachers learn more about expository text structure and informational sites students might enjoy. (SG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Secondary Education
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Patterson, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Discusses how computer technology has brought with it a rethinking about how writing happens. Notes that research indicates that computers have a positive impact on student writing. Lists 15 web sites that may help teachers and students with the task of writing. (SG)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Writing (Composition)