This presentation explores some of the issues and problems in the use of technology in teaching English and language arts, as well as strategies to make the use of technology in the classroom more effective.
Responsibilities: Teachers have the responsibility to prepare their students to successfully meet the social, political, and economical demands of their futures.The definition of “Digital Literacy” has expanded from merely being able to use computer devices and software to locate and use information, to now being able to gather information from any format and, more importantly being able to make sense of that information, use it, and communicate it to others (Roblyer/ Doering 267). Students are living in an information overload, They can find out just about anything within seconds because it’s right at their fingertips: email and ebooks; web pages and podcasts; blogs, vlogs, instant messaging, Twitter feeds, Wikis, etc. Informational Literacy is knowing how to pilfer through that pile of information and recognize when it’s legitimate, when it’s something they can believe and actually use.
All of this technology and information requires a higher level of sophistication from our students and it’s only through a higher level of instruction and through their experience that they can develop these skills.
Diverse LearnersCultural and linguistic diversity has created a much richer classroom, but on the same hand a much more complex classroom and has presented English and Language Arts teachers with the challenge of working with students who are learning English as a second or even third language, and also with students who simply struggle to read. It is paramount to create a strong literacy foundation for these student to enable them to succeed on into their education.Motivating students to read and writeStudents rarely choose reading as a free-time activityTeachers are turning to visual and interactive qualities of software and websites to increase motivation for reading and writing.It’s a challenge to get students to express themselves in writing.
The modern, “networked” teacher is connected with many technological tools that are helping to define today’s digital literacy. For these visions to be fully realized, teachers must receive continued and systematic development, and take responsibility for learning how to use these technologies effectively in the curriculum.
Online practice:Matching letters and soundsMatching word and meaningsOnline tools to engage students in vocabulary learning
Getting started / PrewritingEncourage WritingUsing word processors to produce written draftsModeling supports revising and editing written draftsDigital Publishing of student work
More content than every beforeNew dimension to reading and comprehending textRequiring an array of new skills for students and teachers.The task of teaching these new skills falls primarily on English and Language Arts teachers.
Proficiency in the tools that help define literacy in this century.Informed consumer of online sites that support instruction in all areas of English and language arts.
EDU 225 Course Project
Issues and Problems Teacher Responsibilities Asnew technologies emerge, so does the need for new literacies. Digital Informational Literacy Information overload
Issues and Problems Need for New Instructional Strategies Higher level of instruction Experience
Issues and Problems Challenges Working with Diverse Learners Rich/Complex Classroom Motivating Students to Read and Write Getting students to express themselves
Issues and ProblemsGrowth as Literacy Professionals and Leaders http://www.reading.org/general/CurrentResearch/St andards/ProfessionalStandards2010.aspx
Issues and Problems Controversy QWERTY Keyboarding Proper technique or basic familiarization? Cursive Writing Helps shape fine motor skills Used in legal matters Necessary to read historical documents
Technology Integration Strategies Word Fluency and Vocabulary Development Phonemic Awareness is a fundamental skill Online Practice Many websites to provide interactive practice http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom- resources/student-interactives/printing-press- 30036.html
Technology Integration Strategies Support Comprehension and Literacy Development Support both traditional reading comprehension as well as emerging literacies Encourage engaged reading with digital text Support reading with software/portable devices
Technology Integration Strategies Support Writing Instruction Digital Publishing ePals Global Community: http://www.epals.com KidPub: http://www.kidpub.com Bookworm: httP://www.bookworm-mag.com WriteKids: http://writekids.tripod.com Your Student News: http://www.yourstudentnews.com
Technology Integration Strategies Support for Literature Learning Learning to read literature with a discerning, critical and appreciative eye. Online texts of works whose copyrights have expired Online access to author backgrounds Literary analysis Why do we need Technology in the classroom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ruMfRZWd 8o
Pedagogy Needs and Challenges Content Knowledge More content than every before New dimension to reading and comprehending text Requiring an array of new skills for students and teachers. Thetask of teaching these new skills falls primarily on English and Language Arts teachers.
PedagogyNeeds and Challenges Pedagogical Knowledge 1 in 4 children grow up not knowing how to read Increasing numbers of students who speak English as a 2nd or even 3rd language. Pedagogy Does Matter http://www.fno.org/sept03/pedagogy.html
Pedagogy Needs and Challenges English/Language ArtsTechnological Knowledge Proficiency in the tools that help define literacy in this century. Informed consumer of online sites that support instruction in all areas of English and language arts.
Strategies for Pedagogical Improvement Professional development Conferences through the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Technological knowledge Workshops through the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Pedagogical knowledge Taking that new knowledge and putting it to work in the classroom