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The Tech-Savvy English Classroom

reviewed by Todd Finley - 2004

coverTitle: The Tech-Savvy English Classroom
Author(s): Sara B. Kajder
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME
ISBN: 1571103619, Pages: 150, Year: 2003
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Notwithstanding the book title, there is no such thing as a Tech-Savvy English Classroom, just technologically aware teachers who will appreciate reading a how-to resource that advocates integrating technology with constructivist language arts curriculum.  For several years now, a number of authors (Esteras, 2003; Firek, 2003; Sorenson, 1990; Howard, Benson, Gooch, and Goswami, 1999; Lemke and Coughlin, 1998; Downes and  Fatouros, 1996; Higgins, 1995; Moore, 1986; Standiford, 1983;and Kelly, Kamala and Kelly, 1982) have seized on the potential for classroom technology to accelerate and enrich learning in the English classroom.  However, much of the previous work 1) overlooks the various technology literacy levels of readers, 2) inappropriately prioritizes learning computer skills over integrating technology with language arts content, and 3) grows quickly obsolete as digital advancements outpace printing deadlines. The manner in which Tech-Savvy successfully negotiates these issues suggests that the text has much promise for the lay and experienced technology-using middle and secondary language arts teacher.   Throughout its 150 pages, Tech-Savvy never forgets that most English practitioners possess disparate... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1663-1666
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11306, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 3:21:40 PM

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  • Todd Finley
    East Carolina University
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    TODD FINLEY is Assistant Professor of English (English Education) at East Carolina University, is certified to teach at the elementary level and 7-12th grade English. He has earned an MA in English and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Finley has over 15 years of experience teaching K-18, researching and publishing in the field of curriculum, instruction, and technology.
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