Using the Makebook collaborative authoring system to develop middle school students' extended writing capabilities - teacher perceptions

Matt Bower, Amanda Stavert

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    Abstract

    This case study aimed to determine the impact of using an online collaborative writing program (called Makebook) on teachers' attitudes towards and abilities in developing high school students' sustained writing capabilities. By offering a structured online framework for collaborative writing the system supported a range of pedagogies to develop students extended writing capabilities, including the provision of situated scaffolding, integration of models into the instructional sequence, and the use of multimedia to enhance concept formation and motivation. The technology enabled teachers to construct collaborative learning designs where students were required to not only co-author their compositions but also reflect upon one another's work. Teachers generally found the Makebook program made it easier to provide students with examples and feedback, and simpler for students to make several revisions and provide one another with suggestions. Teachers also indicated that as a result of the program they had significantly increased their confidence in using technology, would be significantly more likely to provide their students with opportunities to make revisions to their writing, and would attempt to provide students with more feedback about their writing in future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralian Computers in Education Conference 2012
    Subtitle of host publicationrefereed proceedings
    Place of PublicationCarlton, Vic
    PublisherAustralian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)
    Pages1-11
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9780646586540
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventAustralian Computers in Education Conference - Perth, Australia
    Duration: 2 Oct 20125 Oct 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian Computers in Education Conference
    CountryAustralia
    CityPerth
    Period2/10/125/10/12

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