Friday, January 22, 2010

Topic: Use of Computers and State Writing Assessments

10-second review: “While 12th-grade students report an increased use of computers for writing drafts and revising between 2002 and 2007, 8th-grade students report a significant decline in the use of computers for drafting/revising possibly due to the use of paper/pencil state writing assessments.” Report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Title: “What Is Happening in the Teaching of writing?” AN Applebee and JA Langer. English Journal, 98 (5), 188-28, 2009.

: I think students need to learn different modes—computer and paper and pencil/pen—in writing. I think students should take the first steps in the writing process—brainstorming, thesis, first draft—using paper and pen/pencil. They should then revise and edit on the computer. It’s not either/or. It’s both. RayS.

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