Learning to Write in the Laptop Classroom
Keywords:Educational Technology, Laptops, One to One, writing, Composition
The teaching and learning of writing was examined in ten diverse K-12 schools in which all of the students in one or more classrooms had individual access to laptop computers. Substantial positive changes were observed in each stage of the writing process, including better access to information sources for planning and pre-writing; easier drafting of papers, especially for students with physical or cognitive disabilities that made handwriting laborious; more access to feedback, both from teachers, who could read printed papers much more quickly than handwritten ones, and, in some schools, by automated writing evaluation programs; more frequent and extensive revision; and greater opportunities to publish final papers or otherwise disseminate them to real audiences.
Conference on College Composition and Communication (2004) CCCC position statement on teaching, learning, and assessing writing in digital environments. Retrieved on 2 February 2006 from http://www.ncte.org/groups/cccc/positions/115775.html.
Flower, L. (1984) Writer-based prose: A cognitive basis for problems in writing. In S. McKay (ed.) Composing in a Second Language 16–42. New York: Newbury House.
Grimes, D. and Warschauer, M. (2008) Learning with laptops: A multi-method case study. Journal of Educational Computing Research 38(3): 305–332.
Inspiration Software (2005) Inspiration. Retrieved on 2 February 2006 from http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/inspiration/index.cfm.
Johnstone, B. (2003) Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse.
National Commission on Writing in America’s Schools and Colleges (2003) The Neglected “r”: The Need for a Writing Revolution. New York: The College Entrance Examination Board.
ResearchWare, Inc. (2005) HyperResearch. Retrieved on 2 February 2006 from http://www.researchware.com/hr/index.html.
Rockman, S. (2003) Learning from laptops. Threshold Magazine Fall: 24–8.
Rohman, D. G. (1965) Pre-writing: The stage of discovery in the writing process. College Composition and Communication 16(2): 106–12.
Shermis, M. and Burstein, J. C. (eds.) (2003) Automated Essay Scoring: A Crossdisciplinary Perspective. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Silvernail, D. L. and Gritter, A. K. (2007) Maine’s middle school laptop program: Creating better writers. Retrieved on 6 August 6 2008, from http://www.usm.maine.edu/cepare/Impact_on_Student_Writing_Brief.pdf.
Smart Technologies (2006) Smart ideas. Retrieved on 2 February 2006 from http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-US/Products/SMART+Ideas/.
Vantage Learning (2006) My access! Retrieved 2 February 2006 from http://www.vantagelearning.com/
Warschauer, M. (2008) Laptops and literacy: A multi-site case study. Pedagogies 3(1): 52–67.
Warschauer, M. (2006) Laptops and Literacy. New York: Teachers College Press.
Warschauer, M. and Ware, P. (2006) Automated writing evaluation: Defining the classroom research agenda. Language Teaching Research 157–80.
How to Cite
© Equinox Publishing Ltd.
For information regarding our Open Access policy, click here.