From Print Texts to e-Books
Top Ten Quotes
Quote 1: “…as technologies change, contemporary literacy acquisition is most effective when learners have the ability to constantly adapt to an evolving society.” (p. 169)
Reflection 1: it is important for teachers to provide students with the skills to adapt to our ever-changing society.
Quote 2: “Keep in mind that many students are already fervent technology users. This, of course, influences the way they play, learn, socialize, and, ultimately, transform the ever-expansive concept of literacy.” (p. 169)
Reflection 2: We have to remember that our students’ use and knowledge of technology will develop outside of our classroom, and it will innately change their concept of literacy: we need to make sure we keep up.
Quote 3: “Technology, when used effectively, extends the ability of teachers to meet unique needs of individual students.” (p. 169)
Reflection 3: Making instruction responsive to students’ learning styles is made easier through the use of technology.
Quote 4: “…digital reading accounts for a large portion of the students’ daily literacy experiences. Consequently, literacy instruction must reflect this change.” (p. 169)
Reflection 4: it is important to remember that most of students’ exposure to reading is digital, so it makes sense to shift literacy instruction to be more uniform with their everyday experiences.
Quote 5: This accessibility, of course, helps teachers satisfy individual students’ needs and interests, while meeting the Common Core State Standards’ call for integrating both literature and informational texts across the content areas. (p. 170)
Reflection 5: e-Readers make it easy for teachers to select materials more specific to students’ interests and needs, because there is an infinite amount of texts that can be accessed so much quicker and easier.
Quote 6: 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)
Reflection 6: It is a great idea to use technology as adaptive strategies for different students, tailoring the experience to their specific needs.
Quote 7: “This is a fun way for the students to pay attention to the assigned vocabulary and make it more meaningful. They act like word detectives.” (p. 171)
Reflection 7: Students can use the highlighting tool on their digital readers to identify vocabulary words or interesting passages, making reading more engaging and interactive.
Quote 8: Reading devices with text-to-speech capabilities can support this goal while advancing students’ self-esteem by providing access to texts that are otherwise above their reading levels (p. 171)
Reflection 8: The ELA standards include being able summarize information presented in diverse media and formats, and digital readers are a good way to achieve this.
Quote 9: 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 (p. 172)
Reflection 9: Technology can be used to help students feel self-sufficient, and more eager to develop their reading skills.
Quote 10: Of course, digital reading should not aim to supplant print-based experiences, but rather work in tandem, because avid e-book users are also likely to read more traditional books (p. 173)
Reflection 10: With all the promotion of e-books and digital readers, it can seem sometimes that the goal is to shift completely from print to digital text. The most beneficial way to promote reading and literacy is to integrate the use of both, whenever appropriate.