When Writing with Technology Matters

  • Title:When Writing with Technology Matters
  • Author:Carol Bedard, Charles Fuhrken
  • Publication Date:January 2013
  • Grade Level:1-8
  • ISBN:9781571109378
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Students today have been plugged in for their entire lives. They don't remember a time before Facebook, blogs, texting, and websites, and they have experienced a range of digital tools including laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Writing in the classroom, however, has not kept pace with the digital learner; there is a profound gap between what students learn in school and the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

When Writing with Technology Matters provides teachers with theory that supports the need for technology in classrooms and strategies on how to integrate technology into the English Language Arts curriculum. This timely book addresses 21st-century themes—critical thinking, collaboration, engagement and empowerment—and targets current educational foci—genre knowledge, research, the importance of process, and the need to make learning relevant.

The authors show teachers how to create a classroom environment that allows students to become invested in writing and provide detailed descriptions of elementary and middle school literacy projects that teachers can follow step-by-step or use as a guide when planning their own technology-based projects. This book demonstrates how to take advantage of the digital generation's affinity for technology in order to change and improve the writing process, empowering students to become better, more nuanced readers, writers, and thinkers who are well prepared for the challenges of a digital world.


Author Bio

For the past twelve years, Charles Fuhrken has worked in assessment for three major test publishers and on testing programs for many states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia, as well as on norm-referenced achievement tests such as Stanford and Metropolitan. "Through the years, from talking to teachers in various arenas, I came to understand that teachers want and deserve to be informed about tests, but currently they feel either uninformed or misinformed." After completing a PhD in curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, Charles began writing down everything he could think of to help teachers who are preparing students for their state's reading test. The results are his two books: What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them) and What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests.

For the past thirty-five years, Carol Bedard has worked in the field of education as a music therapist, a classroom teacher, a university professor, and an educational administrator. She is currently the director of literacy for the Houston Independent School District. She began her career as a music therapist at the Amarillo State Center for Human Development, where she worked with special needs children and adults. "My teaching career has centered on students with special needs," says Carol. "When I was in fourth grade, I became friends with a special needs student. I still remember him sitting with my group of friends and listening to our conversation during lunch. Communicating was very difficult for him. He had very few words and said them in a very halting manner. I didn't know it at the time, but befriending that young boy left an indelible mark on my life." After marrying in 1978, Carol moved to Houston, where she began her public school teaching career. She has taught in suburban schools, a rural school, and an urban school. After completing her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, she took a position at the University of Houston as a literacy professor in the urban education department. Carol has served as president of the Texas Council of Teaching of English Language Arts, chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Censorship Committee, chair of the International Reading Association Special Interest Group Network on Adolescent Literacy, coeditor of English in Texas, and codirector of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project.

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