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Can the effective use of ICT tools improve student outcomes in writing?

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Started by Karen Mills 01 Apr 2011 6:19am () Replies (4)

Across our cluster there are teachers who are undertaking Inquiries into this topic. This discussion is for them to share their thoughts, ideas, findings and practice.

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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 05 Apr 2011 10:52pm ()

    Great post Jo, I think the hardest thing is - finding ways to show how ICTs have had an impact on the learning itself (learning intentions, literacy outcomes) beyond the measurables of motivation and behaviour.

    Maybe the following can shed some light?

    Literacy Teaching and Learning in e –Learning Contexts Author: Sue McDowall for CORE Education and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Published: June 2010

    This paper focuses on the findings from the e-fellowship research which highlights how e-Learning contexts can be used effectively to support literacy teaching. "In a multi-media age it is no longer sufficient to teach students how to make meaning solely of and with print texts." (Chapter 6, page 61). However, some people may feel that working in a digital realm may hinder reading and writing achievement. The findings from this study show an increase in achievement in both reading and writing, "especially for students with a history of underachievement in these areas." (Chapter 6, page 61). Something worth thinking about when unpacking National Standards for literacy.

    http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/ict/77144

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts?

    Tess Smile

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