Penelope Collins, Tamara Tate, and Mark Warschauer have published in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences: "Technology as a Lever for Adolescent Writing." Their article describes how technology in schools can improve adolescent writing when the focus is on the pedagogy of writing.
Despite needing this critical skill for college and career readiness, American adolescents are struggling to develop effective writing. In today’s schools and workplaces, much of that writing uses digital tools. Integrating technology in secondary schools can help improve adolescent writing within initiatives focused on the pedagogy of writing. These initiatives would provide teachers with technical support so they may focus on instruction. Professional development would emphasize how to leverage digital tools to deliver evidence-based writing instruction. Students gain most when provided systematic, explicit instruction in scientifically based strategies for writing and the writing process, as well as how to make effective use of digital tools as part of the writing process.
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