Technology Integration in English/Language Arts
Thursday, March 29 5:25-5:45 PM Location: Exec. Salon 3
Presider: Jeannine Hirtle, University of Hawaii at Hilo, United States
Abstract: While technology integration has become increasingly common in many classrooms, secondary English/Language Arts teachers have often resisted, preferring instead that their students interact with texts via more traditional means. Effective technology integration, however, is associated with a number of positive student outcomes: increased student achievement (especially among at-risk students), promotion of higher level/critical thinking skills, increased media literacy, the reduction of geographical/logistical constraints, increased student collaboration, and improved student attitude, interest, and motivation. Creative and effective models of successful integration are discussed, including student use of video/media authoring as a means of analyzing and interpreting text, and the incorporation of blogs into classroom writing as a means to increase student interaction and provide additional audiences for student writing.