Mark Warschauer, University of California, Irvine, USA
Mark Warschauer is Professor of Education and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and director of the university's Ph.D. in Education program. Previously, he has taught or conducted research in Japan, China, Singapore, India, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Egypt. Professor Warschauer is the founder and co-editor of Language Learning & Technology journal. His most recent book is Learning in the Cloud: How (and Why) to Transform Schools with Digital Media (Teachers College Press, 2011).
Writing to learn and learning to write
Writing in English is essential for participation in today's knowledge economy. This presentation examines online tools for individual, shared, and collaborative writing and summarizes three recent studies of digital writing among diverse learners. One study examines changes in writing test scores in two school districts after implementation of district-wide reform programs involving netbook computers and social media use. A second study examines a micro-blogging environment in a special school for English language learners and its effect on students' interaction and participation, language use, cognitive strategies, and writing outcomes. A third study analyzes how writing processes and outcomes change through public and collaborative writing using Google Docs. Taken together, the studies suggest valuable new strategies for both teaching and research online writing.