Coskie and Hornoff incorporate five main principles that impact the ways in which digital and media technologies are used for writing workshop. The five principles go like this.
E–Embed Technology in Writing Content
We often can imagine elaborate projects and the use of complex technology; however, this aspect of the acronym discusses the simplicity and type of technology that makes since and will be used often.
My technology infographic includes sections on what technology is accessible, age appropriate, and how practical it is. This aspect of my infographic allows me as the teacher to assess what would be manageable and useful for my students.
B-Monitor Tech Use: Busy Does Not Mean Purposeful
The teachers noted how motivated the students were by technology, but also had to be keenly aware of how they were using it and if the students were on task focusing on their writing or engaging in another off-task behavior.
My infographic includes a question on student interest and discovering why or why not they are in that piece of technology. I did not consider off-task instances in my infograpahic.
E-Keep a Critical Eye: Understand Potential Problems and Power
As teachers, we need to be understanding of the pros and cons of the technology we use. This includes knowing the quarks of a type of technology and knowing when its use is appropriate.
This is an interesting point brought up in the article. This is something I had thought in my mind, but have not put included in my technology infographic yet. I did not include this because I thought that I would obviously not choose bad pieces of technology 😛
S-Promote Social Interaction
It can be tempting to hold on tightly to control in the room when students are doing independent work on technology, but in this article it discusses the benefits of having an ‘expert’ in each group to help with some of he processes like downloading images, moving files, etc.
This principle is during the use of the technology. All of my infographic is prior to the implementation, so I will need to incorporate this because this does include setting up ‘experts’ or at least organization to have the students socialize while using the technology to write.
T–Teach Technology Explicitly
Depending on the technology the students will need to be taught how to use it. The article would include a ‘Tech Tip’ occasionally in class to teach a skill for example, copying and pasting.
I have used this in my infographic, as a way to consider if the technology needs to be taught to the students prior to using or even during.
The article begins by aligning its values. These principles are well considered, thought out, and applicable; however, the underlying goal is for students to develop their writing skills in “stamina, ideas, voice, and craft” (Coskie & Hornoff, pg. 54).
Coskie, T. & Hornoff, M. M. (2013). E-best principles: infusing technology into
the writing workshop. The Reading Teacher. 67(1), 53-58.