Using Technology to Motivate Children to Write: Changing Attitudes in Children and Preservice Teachers
Dana Arrowood, Theresa Overall, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In a course that is required for all elementary teachers, preservice teachers must assess children's literacy and tutor them in areas of weakness. For a variety of reasons, writing has proven to be the most difficult area in which to motivate children and show progress. For the past two years, all preservice teachers at the University of North Texas have been required to take a computer education literacy course. They have learned to efficiently use technology themselves and with each passing year have become more proficient in integrating it into their work with children. Over these two years, preservice teachers in the Assessment of Reading course have shown a greater comfort level with their ability to use technology. Through the use of their own knowledge and technology resources, preservice teachers have been able to provide positive experiences with writing for children.
Arrowood, D. & Overall, T. (2004). Using Technology to Motivate Children to Write: Changing Attitudes in Children and Preservice Teachers. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4985-4987). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).