Teaching writing in the "Techno-Zone": Exploring new literacies in a first-grade classroom

Leslie Foley, Barbara Guzzetti, Mary Frances Agnello, Mellinee Lesley

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Grounded in teacher research (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 1992), this study is designed to respond to the call to investigate the impact of incorporating new digital media on young students' engagement and performance in academic writing (Lankshear & Knobel, 2003). In doing so, the authors address two central and related questions. First, what is the impact of digital storytelling on primary grade students' motivation for writing and their writing skills and abilities within a process approach to writing? Second, in what ways do young children develop their identities as authors through digital storytelling? Data analysis reveals three themes that provide evidence of the power of digital storytelling to motivate and engage students in generating personal narratives and developing their writing and fluency skills within the five stages of the writing process. Implications for engaging in research over technology-integrated pedagogy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466643468
ISBN (Print)1466643455, 9781466643451
StatePublished - Jul 31 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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