"Using technology to help you write is a powerful, powerful tool for kids."
- Kylene Beers
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How does the availability of word possessing software affect student writing? An analysis of a decade of research says that students who write with these programs generally produce longer, higher quality writing than students who write with pencils or pens. This meta-analysis also found that students who wrote using computers were more engaged and motivated in their writing.
You can download and review this study, which appeared in the February 2003 Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment.
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Many people would like to use technology in their classes, but don't know where to start. To explore one teacher's journey into this world, read this article, written by Trevor Owen as the premiere article in his English Journal series, "Learning With Technology." Other columns in this series are available online by subscription to NCTE's English Journal.
Technology includes many new-and old-media. And teaching with technology should not be thought of as just working with computers. Check out this inventory of other available technology and suggestions for ways to use it with your classes.
Because the availability of computers can make a difference in the quality of student writing, the question of equal access to the technology becomes even more crucial. eSchool News Online devotes a portion of its site to helping teachers and administrators plan for including technology in their curricula and finding grants to help fund new technology initiatives.
What are some steps your school has made to help assure equal computer access for all students? Share your ideas with your peers on Channel-Talk.
Blogs (or Web logs) are an up-and-coming part of the Internet experience. These online diaries give writers instantaneous publication of-and audiences for-their work. Blogs are created for all kinds of communities of writers and readers. Check out Teaching Blog, Kevin Brooks' blog for teachers interested in incorporating this and other technologies in their classroom. Brooks is an Associate Professor of English at North Dakota State University.