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Inside the Digital Classroom

By: David Boardman
Date: 2007

Summary: In this chapter from Teaching the Neglected R, Dave Boardman, a teacher-consultant with the Maine Writing Project, describes the use of digital technology in his classroom, including cross-country communication with other students, blogs, digital stories, and an online newspaper.



Students wrote with the understanding that I was no longer their audience—I was just one small part of a readership that might pass their entry by altogether or linger over every word. That idea made our constant conversations on writing more meaningful to some of my students. Turning it in wasn't good enough anymore. Their work was going out with their name, and that matters for most teenagers."

Copyright © 2007 by Heinemann. Posted with permission.
Boardman, Dave. 2007. "Inside the Digital Classroom." Chap. 14 in Teaching the Neglected R . Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

About the Author Dave Boardman teaches English at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine, and works with the Maine Writing Project on literacy initiatives. He is the founder of LiteracySparks , a nonprofit that works on technology and literary issues for rural adolescents.

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