How Can I Use Technology in My Classroom to Improve Students' Writing?

Cody Murphy, Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


Writing has always, until recent developments, been taught through the traditional pencil and paper method. With the advancement in technology and its implementation in education, the traditional method alone is not enough. This research focuses on how technology can be utilized in the writing curriculum. For educators to successfully teach students how to use technology in their classroom they themselves need to know the benefits and drawbacks of technology. For my study, the effect of technology on student writing was observed in an urban classroom of fourth graders in a lower income community. My classroom had one-to-one access to a laptop cart. Students used Worldbook and Microsoft Word to create well developed research papers. I used Ryan and Bernard's (2003) source analysis tools, to look over student work samples and classroom field notes. Using this data, the effects of technology on student writing was analyzed.

Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 8 2017


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