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Re: K-12 & technical communication
our K-5th grade school has about 20 computers in an area corner of the
library where students go on the web to search, compose, and are taught
computer use by any of the teachers or interns who can teach and practice
them any part of computer literacy. Our curriculum is our own
----- Original Message -----
From: Cindy Wambeam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 1:03 PM
Subject: K-12 & technical communication
> I teach a grad class on Teaching Technical Communication, and I've
> been trying to incorporate more K-12 issues into our discussions. I
> have one middle-school teacher in the class, and a couple of grad
> students who are planning to teach high school English.
> I've found that technical communication textbooks and articles are
> mainly geared toward college-level teaching...yet with some of state
> standards being developed around the country, tech comm in middle and
> high school isn't that unusual. Students are writing manuals and
> instructions, they're using principles of desktop publishing,
> creating online documents, etc.
> Obviously, this is just one area of computer use in writing, but for
> me it's becoming an important one. I'd like to include more readings
> and discussion on K-12 in my class, and I'm wondering how to best do
> that. I have a few specific questions that hopefully some of you can
> ** are there any textbooks on technical communication for middle
> and/or high school students? are textbooks being used for this, or
> do teachers supplement with their own materials?
> ** does anyone here teach pre-college courses called "Technical
> Writing" or "Technical Communication"? or are these assignments
> worked in as part of overall writing courses?
> ** what kind of computer access to students have? labs? one or two
> computers in a classroom? non-classroom access only? (yes, I know
> there isn't just one answer to this -- I'm wondering about the
> ** is it even possible to work with desktop publishing or online
> documentation without having computers in class?
> ** do you have recommendations for articles that focus on Tech Comm
> in middle or high school?
> ** can you recommend any URLs with sample assignments? syllawebs?
> Cindy Wambeam email@example.com
> English Department http://www.wsu.edu/~cwambeam
> Washington State University, Pullman
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