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Technology in the Classroom
from NCTE INBOX 11-13-12 

What are some ways teachers and students can integrate technology in the classroom? Read on to find resources and ideas from NCTE.

In "Web 2.0 in the Elementary Classroom: Portraits of Possibilities," teachers describe the power that social networking and other new media have in their classrooms in relation to children's literacy practices. The authors conclude that is it naïve, at best, to think that new media should be kept out of the classroom or that Web 2.0 is somehow irrelevant to the teaching of reading.

The "New Literacies" themed issue of Voices from the Midde includes articles on the "Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities of Using New Literacies in Middle Grades," earning buy-in from digital natives, and the evolution of instruction in new literacies.

The authors provide theoretical bases for collaboration in the classroom and discuss a rich array of new technologies that enable collaborative activities for students in this article from English Journal.
 Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies presents lessons designed to help you integrate a variety of digital applications -- Web 2.0 and beyond -- into the courses and units you're already teaching. Extend the learning with the Companion Resources.

This article from College Composition and Communication explores the literacy narratives of two "gamers" to demonstrate the kinds of literacy skills that many students actively involved in computer and video gaming are developing during their play. This analysis becomes part of a larger claim about the necessity of re-visioning the place of gaming in composition curricula.

Examining the social, technological, and structural factors that influence digital literacy practices in online environments is crucial to understanding the impact of these sites on writing practices. Applying Brooke's concept of an "ecology of practice" to writing in digital environments, this article examines the digital literacy practices of one undergraduate student through his self-presentation strategies. 

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