Daily Immersion in Technology: Using Computer Applications to Teach Skills to Meet ELA Standards in a 21st Century Classroom
Carl Reynolds, University of Wyoming, United States ; Chris Reynolds, Rock River School, 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), Waynesville, NC USA
To facilitate mastery of the state ELA standards, computer applications in desktop publishing were implemented to immerse students in daily use of the applications. The procedure would motivate students to practice the skills regularly and systematically. The classroom includes sufficient computers with adequate memory and capacity. Zip drives offer each student ample storage for his work. The students are actively engaged in desktop publications, but through the use of technology, are demonstrating ELA skills in Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Listening. Desktop publishing using advanced applications facilitates the acquisition of ELA standards at higher level of proficiency, because the students are practicing skills on a daily basis, they are highly engaged and motivated, and their standardized scores show success. Through cooperation with the University of Wyoming faculty, their expertise was utilized to assist with maintenance of the hardware, trouble-shooting problems, as well as the strategies to successfully imbed the applications into the ELA curriculum.
Reynolds, C. & Reynolds, C. (2004). Daily Immersion in Technology: Using Computer Applications to Teach Skills to Meet ELA Standards in a 21st Century Classroom. 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. 3958-3962). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).