“The more control you think you have the more you want to read.”May 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Posted in literacy, Technology | 4 Comments
Post written by Jessica Vito
After leaving class on Saturday I continued to think about the powerful clip “Pay Attention” I was both excited and overwhelmed with the idea of using technology to teach students about literacy in the classroom. I wanted to know more, so I searched for what other teachers have done to implement technology into their own classroom. I found an article called “Connecting the Old to the New: What Technology-Crazed
Adolescents tell us about Teaching Content Area Literacy” by Lane W. Clarke and Kevin D. Besnoy. The article discusses how two teachers use PDA’s in the classroom to learn about Colonial America giving students intrinsic motivation to learn the content.
How cool is this?
Soon there was a cacophony of beeps as students sent each other questions from the reading to other students. As soon as one student would receive the memo, they would start typing with their stylus on the internal keyboard to respond.
It seems obvious that our students are most familiar reading information digitally and with Nooks, IPods, IPads, Kindles and cell phones the future will be instead of handing out a class set of textbooks, will here teachers tell students, “Okay guys, don’t forget to bring in your USB chords so we can download our textbooks tomorrow!”. In fact, even for this class our textbook is available to be downloaded onto a Kindle. At that point I really was wishing I had one, but instead I had to drive down to our college’s bookstore to purchase the book in person so I would have it in time for our next class.
I have titled this blog as such because “The more control you think you have the more you want to read.” Is a quote from the article by an 8th grader involved in the study. They go onto explain how they were able to adjust the font, highlight, underline and even change to color to fit their personality. As a teacher I believe that we can also give students more control by giving more than one choice in text to read as well. Tailoring the level of difficulty of texts we give to our students will be much easier as the amount of digital text increases.