“Digital natives, as students are often referred to, are demanding technology-rich learning environments: new ways to engage in core curriculum content through the use and integration of technology”(Dellie & Silverman, 2012).
In an ever-changing and an ever-increasing digitally and technologically based society, it is more appropriate than ever that teachers prepare their students to be active and proficient members of the 21st century the moment they step in the classroom. This digital literacy, often referred to as “new literacy/literacies”, requires a continuous commitment from teachers to focus literacy instruction around technology use.
The following articles address the use of technology in the classroom for literacy instruction:
I created a popplet answering the key question, “How is technology changing education in literacy?” by drawing a connection between research articles and online journals, classroom tools, websites, tools and literacy apps and incorporation of technology in literacy learning.
“Technology has very much changed its meaning. It is now information, ideas, and knowledge … not just a computer. Technology is a process” (McVee, Bailey & Shanahan, 2008).
Burnett, C. (2009). Research into literacy and technology in primary classrooms: an exploration of understandings generated by recent studies. Journal of Research in Reading, 32(1). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9817.2008.01379.x/full
Dellie, D.A. & Silverman, M.A. (2012). Bridging the past and the future: how a community learned from and celebrated with 21st-century learners. Journal of School Public Relations, 33(2). Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/ps/retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=RELEVANCE&inPS=true&prodId=AONE&userGroupName=msu_main&tabID=T002&searchId=R1&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm¤tPosition=6&contentSet=GALE%7CA320266103&&docId=GALE|A320266103&docType=GALE&role=
McVee, M.B., Bailey, N.M. & Shanahan, L.E. (2008). Teachers and teacher educators learning from new literacies and new technologies. Teaching Education, 19(3). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/doi/full/10.1080/10476210802250216#tabModule
Mesjms. (Feb. 2014). Did you know 2014. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrJjfDUzD7M