Thesis Title

Writing in the Digital Era: New Dimensions for English Learners' Literacy

Graduation Date

Summer 2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Abstract

Technology has changed the traditional passive classroom into a new model, where computers play an important role in the construction of knowledge. This study approaches theoretical and practical conceptions of the use of computers in education. Although the focus is on the development of writing skills of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, this study investigates the integration of technology into the curriculum, describes the social and economic factors related to this population, and it also examines literacy development of English Language Learners. This thesis develops a framework for the use of web-based resources to support LEP students in the development of writing skills, vocabulary acquisition, and reading comprehension. A prototype for the use of digital writing in classroom was designed, the Project DWELL proposes an interactive bookmaker, where students can produce authentic materials and publish them. The outcomes suggest a greater use of technology resources by non-technical educators in order to support literacy.

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