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Scenario #7: 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Students in my classroom are using the internet to search for information to help them complete a research paper on their favorite author. We plan on posting the results of their research on our middle school webpage. So the information can be shared with others.

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Technology spectrum: This is another scenario where the internet is used in place of a bricks-and-mortar library, but the assignment would not be significantly changed if the students had to walk, rather than surf, to the information they needed. The plan to post the information on the school webpage to share with others is admirable (although grammatically incorrect), but until I know who will have access to the reports, and how seriously they will be taken, I maintain that this is an Adapting Use scenario.

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Learning spectrum: In the scenario, substitute the word "encyclopedias" for "the internet" to demonstrate the lack of transforming uses of technology in this assignment.

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Rigor/relevance: It's hard to know on this one -- there's not much information regarding subject matter. But it's safe to say that a "research paper on a favorite author" is unlikely to break new ground.

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Recommendation: To increase rigor, ask students to take the knowledge they've gathered on the author's life, and use it to analyze the author's work from different periods.

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