Chapter 1 & 2
The authors pose several questions that definitely resonate with me. How do we decide whether any new thing - especially technology related - has enough potential to try? How do we determine the best ways to use technology in order to teach reading in the digital age? It is easy to get lost in the newest, best technology because it may be flashy, or we are told it meets the common core standards. But for me it remains important that I continue to make reading authentic and meaningful for my third graders. I love how Franki uses the reading workshop as a framework. With the introduction of technology we don't have to start over or throw out the workshop methods.
"Just because students are 'good' with technology does not mean they are literate in the digital age." I definitely agree with this quote! Yes, my students use their parent's Smart Phones to play games. Many even have access to iPads, but very few of my students do anything but play games or take photos on these devices. As a teacher I am interested in introducing digital tools to my students and showing them how they may be used in their daily life. So I thought it might be helpful to list the different ways I am beginning to introduce these digital tools and as I continue with this cyberPD I can think about how I might continue or change the way I teach digital reading.
In my classroom I have one computer and a Smartboard that I use for my workshop mini-lessons.
- Youtube videos - I use videos for all sorts of comprehension and content lessons.
-Wonderopolis - great website for teaching non-fiction reading strategies
-Skype - I have connected with authors and other classrooms.
-Scholastic News - we can access our weekly magazine online with videos
-Class Blog - we share our learning and students learn to write comments.
Computer lab: We have access to the computer lab 2 - 3 periods per week. This year I began teaching my students how to use Google Drive.
How else might I use my "technology time" to teach my students how to use digital tools in authentic ways? I don't want my students to think going to the computer lab is a separate learning time - I want them to see how it is an extension to our literacy learning. How can I help them connect with other readers digitally? What are the skills I need to teach my students to help them be successful digital readers and writers? What other digital tools might I introduce to my students?