Computers and Writing Session 1 Educ 507
Why Literacy & Computers?? <ul><li>Computers found in work, homes and school </li></ul><ul><li>Altering the way we read, w...
<ul><li>Literacy now involves  </li></ul><ul><li>making sense of and navigating several forms of information  including im...
<ul><li>In the past…literacy was taught from a behavioral paradigm </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher taught language arts skills, ...
Constructivist Learning… <ul><li>Learning is a problem solving activity </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn through active pa...
Integrating Technology into Literacy  <ul><li>Assumptions of Constructivism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge has multiple a...
Knowledge - multiple assumptions <ul><li>Knowledge is complex and interpreted in many ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each pers...
Learning is an active process <ul><li>Students search for meanings that change their understanding...instead of the “stand...
Process and product emphasized <ul><li>The process to get to the end is as important as the final product. What, how and w...
Problem solving is the focus <ul><li>Real life problems  that lead to observation, questioning, testing ideas and higher o...
Power and control are share by students/teacher <ul><li>Students play a part in selecting the course of study for each top...
Learning is a collaborative process <ul><li>Collaboration is the norm where students test their ideas on one another </li>...
Reflection is promoted <ul><li>Students are encouraged to reflect and respond to their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Students...
In Summary <ul><li>Constructivist classroom  </li></ul><ul><li>-utilizes technology to teach literacy via interactive lear...
Ways to Teach Literacy <ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Including the writing process (Prewriting, drafti...
Ways to Teach Literacy <ul><li>Internet Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World Wide Web, wiki’s, chat forums (secure)...
Assessment <ul><li>an ongoing process which has a direct connection to the instruction </li></ul><ul><li>gathering of mult...
The students need to play a role in their learning process <ul><li>develop and utilize a rubric </li></ul><ul><li>hand out...
Websites <ul><li>http://www.gsn.org/  -- Global SchoolNet is the leader in collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>http:/...
<ul><li>http://www.teachnet.com/  -- lesson plans, resource tools for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.evalutech.sreb...
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  1. 1. Computers and Writing Session 1 Educ 507
  2. 2. Why Literacy & Computers?? <ul><li>Computers found in work, homes and school </li></ul><ul><li>Altering the way we read, write, and even think </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic communication is the norm rather than the exception for student success </li></ul>So … What is Literacy??
  3. 3. <ul><li>Literacy now involves </li></ul><ul><li>making sense of and navigating several forms of information including images, sounds, animation, and discussion groups </li></ul><ul><li>Students use online technological information resources to gather and synthesize information to create and communicate knowledge </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>In the past…literacy was taught from a behavioral paradigm </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher taught language arts skills, facts...students gave it back verbatim on tests </li></ul><ul><li>When tried to teach the same way w/computers we ended up with drill and practice or free time computer use </li></ul>Then…a revolution occurred
  5. 5. Constructivist Learning… <ul><li>Learning is a problem solving activity </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn through active participation </li></ul><ul><li>Explore their own ideas through discourse, debate and inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on synthesis of ideas and development of higher order thinking skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. Integrating Technology into Literacy <ul><li>Assumptions of Constructivism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge has multiple assumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning is an active process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process and product emphasized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving is the focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power and control are shared by students/teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning is a collaborative process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection is promoted </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Knowledge - multiple assumptions <ul><li>Knowledge is complex and interpreted in many ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each person brings background and interpretations –change over time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Classrooms have students interacting, conversing…many about the technologies they use to learn outside as well as in school (Internet, Chat Rooms) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Learning is an active process <ul><li>Students search for meanings that change their understanding...instead of the “standard” answer </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are facilitators utilizing the technology tools available to have students explore ideas and answer questions (Internet, On-Line Projects) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Process and product emphasized <ul><li>The process to get to the end is as important as the final product. What, how and why students learn is important </li></ul><ul><li>Using technologies students can engage in an activity and get immediate feedback, regroup and try again until they reach an acceptable product. (e.g. word processing/spell check, etc.) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Problem solving is the focus <ul><li>Real life problems that lead to observation, questioning, testing ideas and higher order thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Problem based learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher acts as facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Students utilize technology (Internet, CD Information, etc.) to gather data for analysis and synthesis </li></ul>
  11. 11. Power and control are share by students/teacher <ul><li>Students play a part in selecting the course of study for each topic by specifying the approach they will take </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher still is manager, but students take their lead from him/her </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing technology students can go with a topic, create materials, research using the Internet, access numerous first hand experienced individuals (experts)., etc.. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning is a collaborative process <ul><li>Collaboration is the norm where students test their ideas on one another </li></ul><ul><li>Like the real world -- students bounce ideas, topics, thoughts, etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing the Internet and collaborative problems, students become involved in classrooms around the world...reading, writing, sharing either through email or via online projects. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Reflection is promoted <ul><li>Students are encouraged to reflect and respond to their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Students utilize the technology to create electronic journals which can be shared via email or drop box </li></ul>
  14. 14. In Summary <ul><li>Constructivist classroom </li></ul><ul><li>-utilizes technology to teach literacy via interactive learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>-students engage in on-line projects, advanced research via the internet and email projects, as well as utilize the computer as a tool for writing, data analysis and peer editing. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Ways to Teach Literacy <ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Including the writing process (Prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Books </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text- several textbook companies publish whole texts; other companies publish materials for classroom usage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trade-Fiction, non-fiction, subject areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishing Student Work </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reports, multimedia presentations, web pages, burn CD-ROM </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Ways to Teach Literacy <ul><li>Internet Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World Wide Web, wiki’s, chat forums (secure), discussion groups, research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Database and Spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize, retrieve, analyze information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructional Materials </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia presentations, grading programs, email, websites, newsletters, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Assessment <ul><li>an ongoing process which has a direct connection to the instruction </li></ul><ul><li>gathering of multiple sources of information about the student </li></ul>Therefore… if it affects students…..
  18. 18. The students need to play a role in their learning process <ul><li>develop and utilize a rubric </li></ul><ul><li>hand out rubric to students with the assignment </li></ul><ul><li>students evaluate themselves based on the rubric </li></ul>
  19. 19. Websites <ul><li>http://www.gsn.org/ -- Global SchoolNet is the leader in collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.askanexpert.com/ -- connects you with hundreds of real world experts, ranging from astronauts to zookeepers. These experts have volunteered to answer your questions for free! </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.teachnet.org /-- improve  student learning by helping teachers integrate web-based lessons into their instructional practice </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>http://www.teachnet.com/ -- lesson plans, resource tools for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.evalutech.sreb.org / -- a searchable database that contains more than 7000 reviews of instructional materials recommended for classroom use in kindergarten through grade 12. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.webteacher.org/windows.html -- a self-paced Internet Tutorial that puts both basic and in-depth information about the World Wide Web at your fingertips </li></ul>

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