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The E-Anthology, A Summer Institute Perspective

By: Maggie Herrick
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 9, No. 1
Date: 2004

Summary: A technology liaison describes how her site's use of the NWP E-Anthology gave teachers technology experience and a new forum for publishing their work.


As the technology liaison at the Little Rock Writing Project (LRWP), I have searched for a way to incorporate technology and tech training into the summer institute. After handing out a questionnaire to find out about the levels of technology use and expertise, as well as the needs of our teacher-consultants in this area, I soon realized that few teacher-consultants were computer savvy, and many were teaching in school districts where an overhead projector was the cutting edge of technology. Then the E-Anthology came to the rescue.

All teacher-consultants at the LRWP Summer Institute were required to log on to the E-Anthology site, sign the guest book, post at least one entry of their own, and respond to at least three postings from participants at other summer institutes. All who posted were excited when they began receiving responses to their writing. This experience gave our teacher-consultants, many of whom had never been published, a forum for their writing that had not been available before.

See the related article, Inside the E-Anthology Team, by Larry Barton.

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