Date Approved

6-19-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Wassell, Beth A.

Subject(s)

Composition (Language arts); Educational technology

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

This action research study was conducted to examine the effects of integrating technology into the second-grade writing curriculum. The second grade class was in a middle class suburban town and consisted of 23 children. Students composed a type written fairy tale, created I Am poems on the computer, wrote while listening to classical music, and wrote a story using a video prompt. Data collection included observations, student interviews, questionnaires, collections of student work, and informal interviews with staff and faculty. Students reported a preference to typing their stories, rather than hand writing. Students also said that listening to classical music while writing helped them to write better. Students responded positively to writing after viewing a video prompt. The majority of students preferred lessons taught using technology.

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