This is the story of the journey of three literacy teachers learning about classroom use of computers and developing a computer-driven unit on Australian animals. As frightened as we were of technology, we wanted our students to have positive experiences with computers. We also wanted the computer to be a useful tool for our students rather than a meaningless rote activity. We wanted our students to use a variety of literacy materials, participate in many reading and writing responses, and interact in groups as they used the computer as one medium for learning. In this article we describe our learning process, along with the struggles as well as the benefits. As a result of our personal learning journey, an interactive unit was developed that transported students on a journey to Australia.
Hall, V. G., Dixey, B. P., Nierstheimer, S. L., & O'Brien, D. G. (1997). A Journey Within a Journey: The Journey of Three Computer Learners on a Journey Down Under. Reading Horizons, 38 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol38/iss1/4