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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

A survey of over 2000 teachers found that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students. These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, mobile phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the 'creep' of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use. Adapted from Summary of findings.


Subject Headings

Secondary education
Middle schooling
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Social media
United States of America (USA)

Understanding Children's Mathematical Graphics – Beginnings in Play

Elizabeth Carruthers, Maulfry Worthington

This book illustrates and explains how children explore and communicate their mathematical thinking through their mathematical graphics, and how this process begins in play. It looks at how children use marks, symbols and other graphical representations to convey meanings, and explores how they support complex thinking. It includes examples and case studies of children from birth to 6 years. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Early childhood education
Child development
Mathematics teaching

The Digital Principal

Janette Hughes, Anne Burke

The Digital Principal looks at how school leaders can establish a framework for integrating technology into instruction and learning. The book covers the basics of digital literacy and good digital citizenship, and discusses ways in which a school may connect to digital resources and communities worldwide. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

School principals
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Teaching With Tablets: How Do I Integrate Tablets With Effective Instruction?

Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Alex Gonzalez
ASCD,  2013

Guidelines are offered on how to pique students' interest in the use of tablet computers for learning, how to help students interact with content on a personalised level, and how to obtain real-time feedback on their learning. It offers help on how teachers can use tablets for modeling, guided instruction, collaborative learning, independent learning, and formative assessment. Part of the ASCD Arias series. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Tablet computers
Teaching and learning