The Digital Toolbox
Enhancing Literacy "Outside the Box"
Technology in Today's World
- As society and technology change, so does literacy (IRA, 2009; Leu, 2000; NCTE, 2013).
- New literacies augment traditional literacies to enhance learning (Bogard & McMackin, 2012) and alter the way information is created, distributed, and exchanged (Lankshear & Knobel, 2003).
- Multimodal literacies has expanded the way we produce and consume texts (NCTE, 2005).
- To be successful in the future workforce, students need to develop process-oriented skills rather than general content knowledge (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004).
Tasks Over Tools
To become fully literate in today’s world, students must become proficient in the new literacies of 21st-century technologies. As a result, literacy educators have a responsibility to effectively integrate these new technologies into the curriculum, preparing students for the literacy future they deserve. (ILA, 2009)
Avoid technology as an add on.
Integrate with pre-existing lessons and instructional activities routinely to support curriculum goals (Edutopia Staff, 2008).
- Digitalize familiar literacy practices such as reader response, reader’s theater, research, and writing.
Sharing with Authentic Audiences
Online Discussion of Texts
Begin with Modeling
Modeled how to record thinking of "Home of the Brave" by Applegate using Lino. Then, each day during the read aloud for the next two weeks, students recorded their thinking using Lino.
Students made connections with the main character, Kek as they experienced moving to a new state and learning English.
They analyzed and compared characters and lifted favorite lines from the text.
One student demonstrated his development of a world view by considering privilege in the United States.
Window into Student Thinking
Sample Teacher Response
Self-Evaluation and Assessment
Online Book Reviews
Here is a link to the backchannel conversation from the ISTE 2016 Conference. What a great group!