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I grew up in the middle of one of the biggest shifts in the history of writing. In the 1980’s and 90’s, the prevalence of personal computers boomed from less than 10% of U.S. households having one in 1984 to 51% in 2000. This move – from physical to digital writing – meant that my peers and I were able to write more, write faster, and (once the internet took hold) disseminate our work more widely than any generation had done previously.
While writing has become a critical skill for my generation (we spend ⅓ of our time at work writing emails), some schools have been slow to adopt new technology in their writing programs. While the usefulness of electronic devices in the classroom can be debated, the impact of technology on writing in the real world cannot. If we hope to prepare the next generation of students for an increasingly competitive global workforce, technology must be at the front and center of our teaching.
In this guide, I hope to pass on some of the best practices that I’ve picked up while working in education technology for the past 8 years. I’ll start by introducing several categories of technology tools that can be used to improve student writing skills. Next, I’ll offer some thoughts on evaluating tools and the questions you should ask vendors before choosing between different options. Finally, I’ll leave you with some tips for successfully bringing new technology into your school and making sure that it is successfully adopted.
In the end, we all want to improve students’ ability to write, so you’ll need to use your own discretion to research and choose the technology tools that are right for your learners. Hopefully this framework can help.
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