Share Paper: Improving Fourth Grade Writing through Technology-Enhanced Instruction

  1. Binbin Zheng, University of California, Irvine, United States
  2. Mark Warschauer, University of California, Irvine, United States
  3. George Farkas, University of California, Irvine, United States
Thursday, March 10 10:15-10:45 AM General Thomas

Abstract: This study examined the use of netbook computers and social media for student writing in a California school district, with 1510 fourth grade students and 40 teachers participating in a one-to-one program. Observations, interviews, and surveys indicated that netbooks were used extensively in fourth grade classrooms, especially for writing. Use of social media helped students develop a sense of authentic audience and authorship, and was especially beneficial for assisting English language learners in strengthening their identity as writers. Analysis of test scores indicated that student writing achievement improved following the implementation of the program; that the program helped bridge achievement ...