Using the power of research to inform ICT integration in education

Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Baker (2007) Elementary Classroom Web Sites: Support for Literacy Within and Beyond the Classroom, JOURNAL OF LITERACY RESEARCH, 39(1), 1–36

The purpose of this study was to understand how elementary classroom Web sites support children’s literacy. From a sociocultural perspective of literacy and a transformative stance toward the integration of literacy and technology, and building on explorations of new literacies, I discuss opportunities provided by the Internet that can support literacy within and beyond classrooms. Using open and axial coding as well as typological analyses, I found 3 basic Web site features and consider how they support common instructional approaches, parental involvement, and notions of the invisible classroom. I conclude with a discussion of how these findings are encourag- ing and revealing. I offer a variety of suggestions to expand features that are currently available on elementary classroom Web sites.

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