4-3 - Computer-Mediated Literature Circles Getting On-board...

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Computer-Mediated Literature Circles: Getting On-board with Being Online Kimberly B. Zimmerman Introduction Everyone is talking about the advantages of literature circles. I have achieved little success with them in my own classroom. The search for a remedy or a new path is what I am on. Why am I not using on-line journaling within my literature circles in my fourth grade class? It is a format that I enjoy for myself. But, is this a format that I actually want to encourage with my students? Is it possible to create safe communities for honest and heart-felt discussion between fourth graders via the Internet? The discussion of children expressing themselves on-line is one that is a new field of study. Our world is being shaped by the computer screens that invade our homes and classrooms. Some look at them as advantageous and necessary, while others as problem-causers. We have to redefine our ideas and practices of what is acceptable and helpful as we raise and educate this generation of children. At the beginning of my journey I restructured my idea of community and network. The road continued to the door of what exposure children have had using the Internet for communication. I followed the path and discovered what some instructors are already trying with their students in this arena. Phillip Agre looked at how community and networks complement each other. He stated that communities are a group of people practicing something as well as overcoming underlying differences. Networking seems to be the common terminology or modes used to achieve that. Networking our education communities allows us to be [1]
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involved in more than one social world and overcome the distances we might encounter face-to-face. Community in the Classroom Does journaling help students? Should it be private or public? Phillip Ullrich and Susan Lutgendorf looked at how journaling about stressful events affected the individual [Ull]. The study divided the participants into three groups: one which journaled about personally experienced stressful events on an emotional and cognitive level, the other journaled about personally experienced stressful events only on an emotional level, and the third journaled about media related stressful events on an emotional and cognitive level. They discovered that those who wrote about the facts of the events and how they fit into their schema in addition to the emotions they experienced received more benefit than those who did not.
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  • Summer '17
  • Cameron Smith
  • Literature Circles, Amber Smallwood, Allison Bryant

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