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How can blogs support L2 language development?

Gebhard, M., Shin, D., Seger, W., (2011). Blogging and emergent L2 literacy development in an urban elementary school: A functional perspective. CALICO Journal28(2).

This study analyzes how a teacher in the United States used systemic functional linguistics to design a blog-mediated writing curriculum to support second grade English language learners (ELLs) literacy development and abilities to use computer-mediated communication tools for social and academic purposes in and out of school. The questions posed by this study relate to how blogging practices shaped a focus students emergent uses of print over nearly two years in a U. S. urban school serving a large Puerto Rican community. This study is informed by Hallidays theory of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and Vygotskian conceptions of appropriation and mediation. Using a combination of ethnographic methods and the tools of genre analysis, the findings indicate that blog-mediated writing practices afforded students an expanded audience and range of purposes for literacy activities. These practices, coupled with genre-based instruction, supported the focal students emergent literacy development. The implications of this study relate to conceptualizing how ideational, interpersonal, and textual metafunctions of language intersect through computer-mediated communication to support L2 language development.

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How can teachers be supported to use individualized instructional technology?

Proscia, M., Ulrich, F., Morote, E.S. & Nicolino, P. (2010). The relationship among level of knowledge, and comfort with both differentiated instruction and instructional technology and teachers’ attitude toward the use of computers. In Z. Abas et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 (pp. 925-932). AACE.

One hundred twenty-three (123) teachers were surveyed in 35 Long Island schools and 7 school districts that were selected for the quality of instructional software available in the districts. We found that knowledge and comfort of using technology are the major predictors of teacher willingness to use individualized instructional technology. Findings suggest that major training of teachers in instructional technology will be necessary to reach NCLB requirements for differentiated instruction.

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