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The Role of technology in Nancie Atwell's Classroom

  • 1.  The Role of technology in Nancie Atwell's Classroom

    Posted 11-12-2014 12:02
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: ISTE Commons and Project ReimaginED .
    I read this article, "The Role of technology in Nancie Atwell's Classroom" with interest. Nancie talks about computers and tablets and their role in reading and writing workshop.

    The article has gotten quite a bit of play and pushback. What are your thoughts about the role of technology in ELA or other subjects?
    Lisa Fink
    Project Manager at NCTE
    Urbana IL
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  • 2.  RE: The Role of technology in Nancie Atwell's Classroom

    Posted 11-13-2014 15:28
    As a rule I LOVE technology and continue to be amazed at the transformations in education made since I sat behind a little desk.  I do see Nancie's point about younger students and technology for writing.  Is it enhancing their writing to use an iPad?  Does it make the learning more accessible for all students?  In most cases the iPad will be another medium to do the same task and so the technology becomes an "add-on."  For other tasks I can see an iPad bringing something to the table that isn't available in any other way.

    I was impressed that her students choose the tool based on the task.  This shows that they are definitely "making informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources" (ISTE Standards for Students #4).

    Evelyn Wassel, Ed.D.
    Data Quality Coordinator
    Schuylkill IU 29
    Pine Grove PA
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  • 3.  RE: The Role of technology in Nancie Atwell's Classroom

    Posted 11-15-2014 19:09
    What I am observing in the middle school is that students' handwriting is beoming worse and I am thankful for the computers.  The number of students who can't even read what notes they took for research certainly decreases with computers.  Since my district does not have as many computers in the grade schools, I know these poor handwriting skills are not coming from using computers at school.  Also, I wonder if this isn't the same argument of having students not use calculators. Will the coming generations ever not have access to these tools?

    At a recent meeting of Illinois Computing Educators, one of the speakers mentioned a study that found students do not read deeply online, but rather browse.  To make those deep connections between text and thought hard copy was needed.  This relates closely to this article.  I do know I myself am a "browser" online and find it more challenging to read thought provoking articles online.  However, is this a skill that can be taught using online sources?

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