Teaching with Technology

Anderson, R.S., Grant, M.M., & Speck, B.W. (2008). Technology to teach literacy:  A resource for K-8 teachers. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Education, Inc.

Chapter 1 – Literacy and the Technology-Supported Classroom:

  • Teaching literacy with computer technology is important for schools to do simply because computers are very common in the workplace now.
  • Literacy has been known to be taught by the use of paper texts.  If teachers expand their student’s reading and writing activities beyond traditional print texts to electronic sources that include print and non-print texts then they are expanding their student’s knowledge. Student using the technology will develop, with help from their teacher, electronic communication which can be known as a “new literacy”.
  • Constructivist  classrooms, are where students learn through active participation and discovering learning on their own.  The use of technology will help students become more active in their own learning.
  • The use of using a word processor can help engage students in the writing process.  Teachers can have their students write their stories or essays then go back and edit them.  In addition, other students can read and edit each others work.  One might think students could do this without a word processor but the use of technology will help motivate students.
  • There are many lessons based on technology that teachers have already done.  Trackstar is a great resource that teachers use to collaborate lessons that have already worked well with some students.

Chapter 2 – Technology Tools to Support Literacy:

  • Spreadsheets can be used in mathematics to help students learn the concept of functions.  In addition, students can use them to enhance their descriptive writing by making a column for adjectives.
  • Students can use concept mapping software to  get inspiration for their writing.  Using the software allows them to use text and images and save their work or print it out for a hard copy.
  • NoodleTools includes a number of helpful tools for students to use in their research writing.  This could be used in all content areas when researching a topic to write about.
  • Teaching students to take a screenshot of their screen and send it to a teacher could help when doing an assignment.  They could do a homework assignment then screen shot their final answers or scores so the teacher could see their end result.

Chapter 3 – Using Technology to Teach Reading:

  • Between the Lions is a part of pbskids.org that promotes phonemic awareness and helps phonics instruction when teaching.  The website includes phonic skills, word activities, and visual and auditory assistance.  Website is also fun and inviting for children
  • Electronic books have unique features like read in another language, pronunciation of words, sound effects, and animated pictures can be viewed.
  • Keypal exchanges allows students to be engaged in a meaningful literacy experience where they are motivated to read their keypals’ writing and write back to their keypal, epals.com allows teachers to monitor this process.

Chapter 4 – Teaching Students to Write and Publish with Computers:

Reasons for Integrating Computes into the Writing Curriculum

  1. Computes allow flexibility.
  2. Computers make revising easier.
  3. Computers widen the concept of audience.
  4. Computers raise the stakes on what it means to produce professional-looking documents.

Two forms that students and teachers can use to publish and collaborate their work are Education Place and Inkspot. These sites allow you to submit your own writing project or engage in a collaborative writing project with classmates throughout the United States.  The websites also have bulletin boards where students can post and/or answer questions.

Chapter 5 – Literacy in the Information Age

  • The Big 6 – Provides a process for students to follow when solving problems that requires the use of information.
  • Snopes.com – A site that documents urban legends and Internet hoaxes to help collect and verify potential rumors.
  • i-SAFE – Supports internet safety and responsibility curricula.

Chapter 7 -Using Technology to Teach Literacy to Struggling Readers

  • The International Children’s Digital Library – a free online site that has motivating books for young children in a number of different languages.
  • FunBrain – Computer assisted instruction through games and activities.  Has programs for multiple content areas.
  • StudyDog – Free online reading programs for kids and families.
  • READ 180 – Software to help student’s achieve reading levels.

Chapter 8 – Assessing Students’ Work

  • RubiStar – Allows teachers to create and edit rubrics.  This internet resource allows for rubrics to always look professional and to be specific for what needs to be covered on any given assignment.
  • Quizstar – Allows teachers to create quizzes students take online.  This internet resource allows for different quiz formats but does require the teacher and student to have an account.
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