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Laptops and Inspired Writing

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Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy Volume 54, Number 3, ISSN 1081-3004


Can daily access to laptop computers help students become better writers? Are such programs affordable? Evidence from the Inspired Writing program in Littleton Public Schools, Colorado, USA, provides a resounding yes to both questions. The program employs student netbooks, open-source software, cloud computing, and social media to help students in grades 5 through 10 develop their skills and identities as writers, all at a total hardware and software cost of less than $280 per student. Students use these tools to learn about diverse genres and write in them for authentic purposes and audiences.


Warschauer, M., Arada, K. & Zheng, B. (2010). Laptops and Inspired Writing. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(3), 221-223. Retrieved May 7, 2021 from .

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