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Language Arts Teachers Face Modern Challenges

Date: January 4, 2011

Summary: English teachers find themselves more accountable than ever for the academic success of their students, while balancing new technologies that change time-honored practices of reading and writing. Carol Jago of the UCLA Writing Project is quoted.


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Just as everyday use of computers has increased, language arts learning has become more intertwined with technology. Students naturally turn to computers for research and writing in ways they wouldn't have a decade ago.

Davis, from Georgia, said technology can be a distraction. While research has been redefined by the Internet, his emphasis continues to be on teaching his students to take that information and synthesize it with their own ideas.

"Many of us thought the digital revolution was going to expand students' worlds because, theoretically, it could give them access to the globe," said Carol Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Instead, she said, social networking sites like Facebook have contracted students' worlds.

"They're just telling people just like them that they had their nails done or that they drank a cappuccino," she said.

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