Use Technology in a Web-Publishing
Davis from Georgia
Davis is an Instructional Technology Specialist at
of the College
Peters, an ESL teacher at J. H. House Elementary
School in Conyers, Georgia fosters writing in her
ESL classroom on a regular basis.
students write for many audiences throughout the
school year. They write
for their peers, teachers, family, and the entire
student body. At times
they have written for the immediate community. This
project with her second grade students was
to share with an even larger communitythe
World Wide Web.
web-publishing project began with children
composing drafts in their classrooms. They wrote
stories about their favorite toys. After editing
their stories, they
illustrated them with drawings of their favorite
Mrs. Peters brought her class to the technology
lab. (At that time, I was the instructional
technology specialist at J. H. House.) Mrs. Peters
team taught during this session. Students used the
word processing program, Microsoft Word, to
stories. They learned words such as word
font, and windows. The goal was to
increase vocabulary usage.
students also learned how to spell check, change
fonts and make small proof-reading
They took great pride in completing a clear and
Peters and I then scanned their papers; the
students observed the process as we
the scanner. Then all of the stories and
illustrations were published
the school web site.
Peters and her class returned to the lab to view
the completed project online.
The students were elated to see their work on the
web. They enjoyed
reading each story. Discussion and dialogue about
the various stories
led to reinforcement of effective writing
techniques, listening and
skills, and vocabulary extension.
success and accomplishment
each writer was celebrated. Each student had the
opportunity to use a large
presentation screen that projected a visual display
of the child's story
and picture. As their stories were projected on the
large screen, the students
read their stories to their classmates.
an ESL class project.
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