Promoting academic literacy with technology: successful laptop programs in K-12 schools

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
Promoting academic literacy with technology: successful laptop programs in K-12 schools
Abstract
One of the main challenges that US schools face in educating English language learners is developing their academic literacy. This paper presents case studies of two K-12 schools that successfully employ high-technology environments, including laptop computers for each student, toward the development of English language learners’ academic language proficiency and academic literacy. In the first school, Latino fourth-grade students use laptops and other new technologies for a wide variety of pre- and post-reading tasks as part of their effort to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. In the second school, diverse immigrant and refugee students at the middle school level combine technology use with Expeditionary Learning to carry out community projects leading to the development of sophisticated products. In both schools, technology is used to engage students in cognitively demanding activity, motivate independent reading, and provide scaffolding for language development, while the researchers also made use of technology to document learning processes and outcomes. Taken together, the schools offer valuable lessons for utilization of technology to promote academic literacy among culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Publication
System
Volume
32
Issue
4
Pages
525-537
Date
December 1, 2004
Series
Incorporating Multimedia Capability in the Reporting of Applied Linguistics Research
Journal Abbr
System
Language
en
ISSN
0346-251X
Short Title
Promoting academic literacy with technology
Accessed
24/05/2021, 17:55
Library Catalog
ScienceDirect
Citation
Warschauer, M., Grant, D., Real, G. D., & Rousseau, M. (2004). Promoting academic literacy with technology: successful laptop programs in K-12 schools. System, 32(4), 525–537. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2004.09.010