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From Print Texts to e-Books: Changing Nature of Literature
"In short, as technologies change, contemporary literacy acquisition is most effective when learners have the ability to constantly adapt to an evolving society." (p. 169).
This quote was my favorite from the article because society relies on technology and educationn should reflect the changes in society. It is the only way to prepare our students to be successful in this society.
"Today, educators need to expand their understanding of traditional texts, which are often linear, static, and physically bounded, to include contemporary digital texts characterized as nonlinear, multimodal, and unbounded in time and space (Dalton & Proctor, 2008)." (p. 169).
I picked this particular quote because it our job as educators to be lifetime learners. It is our professional duty to educate ourselves regarding new teaching strategies or advances in education for the benefit of our students.
"To make education more responsive to today’s learners, teachers must recognize the plethora of technologies used outside the classroom to support literacy instruction (Evans, 2005; Hobbs, 2006; Richardson, 2007)." (p.169).
Students learn best when they can apply what they are learning in class to their real life. Students of today use many technologies outside of the classroom. If literacy instruction used these kinds of technologies, students will be able to use them effectively and it could improve their interest in the content.
"With a click of a button, e-book readers have instant access to an infinite array of book titles and genres." (p. 170).
This quote is important because it highlights the accessibily and convenience of e-books. Compared to traditional books which you would have to purchase or rent from the library which is open select hours and the book selection is limited.
"To support individual reading comprehension and engagement, a first step is to encourage students to customize their e-books to suit individual learning needs." (p. 170).
The beauty of e-books lies in its ability to be adjusted to meet the individual needs of the reader. This is especially useful for students with disabilities.
"However, as students become more familiar with response-writing, they require fewer prompts and gain more independence in sharing their own thoughts as they read and interact with the text." (p. 170)
Providing opportunities for students to develope and share their thoughts improves their social interaction and knowledge attainment. It is always good to scaffold students abilities by first providing prompts that lead student responses and tappering off the prompts to allow student creativity and voice in their response.
"Particularly important for English Language Learners, the digital dictionary can be used to pronounce words; explain synonyms, antonyms, and word origins; and offer examples of word usage." (p. 170)
As professional's, it is our responsibility to meet the needs of all students. The population of ELL in the US is constantly growing and any instructional strategy that accomodates their needs, is important for educators to be aware of.
"It is important for teachers to carefully explore these resources and keep instructional standards and objectives in mind before introducing them to their students." (p. 172)
Teachers should use e-books as resource that connects to their goals, standards and lesson objectives. E-books should be used purposefully and intentionally as an addition to the lesson. Teacher's should also review the e-books to make sure there are no misconceptions or any text that would create conflict and that it is valuable text.
"Students with disabilities often feel confident with the use of technology to support learning and appreciate opportunities to enhance the text format and engage in multiple reading/listening encounters (Rhodes & Milby, 2007)." (p. 172)
With a concentration in special education, I appreciate finding resources that will help me meet the needs of special students. If students feel confident using the technology, their self-efficacy for reading will increase, and as a result, they will read more.