From Printed Page to Multimedia: Evolution of a Second-Grade Class Newspaper
David M. Lund
Deborah A. Sanderson
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This article describes a project in which the reality of newspaper production was integrated into the language arts curriculum in a second-grade classroom. The class newspaper was produced in both hard copy and multimedia versions, using The Student Writing Center software and HyperStudio on a single classroom computer. The difficulties and successes of the project are described.
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David Lu nd recently took up an assistant professorship in the Department of Teacher Education, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, USA; he can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previously he worked at the University of South Alabama, where he taught reading and secondary teaching methods, and as a graduate assistant at Purdue University, where he earned his doctorate. He has also worked as a junior high and high school teacher. His current research interests center around literacy in classrooms and particularly how the computer and other emerging technologies can be used as tools to enhance the literacy of students.
Deborah Sanderson is a second-grade teacher at Mary B. Austin Elementary School, Mobile, Alabama, USA, and has over 15 years of classroom experience. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in elementary education. She is dedicated to looking for ways to improve her teaching to prepare students for life in the 21st century.
Authors' note: The graphics illustrating the newspapers are included with the permission of the Austin School's head technology consultant. Permission to use the students' work comes from the students themselves and from their legal guardians. The names of all children in this article are pseudonyms.
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