Reasons for using Technology

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Once students have posted their messages to the Forum you can assign them as reading material for the class. You can also ask students to respond to their classmates' work online, potentially providing more feedback than possible in a regular class situation. Finally, you can use this online community of writers as a topic for a discussion on how audience affects your writing by asking students questions such as: How did the public nature of these writing assignments affect your choice of topic? How did it affect how you wrote about the topic? How would you have written differently about the topic in your journal? In a letter to a friend? This discussion could help students see how the context within which their writing (i.e. the audience they are writing for) affects their choices as a writer.