Week 7 Reading Analysis

Embracing the digital age can be an extremely effective tool when utilized in the classroom. Kids are extremely attached to their phones as well as all other pieces of technology such as computers, video games, and more. Bringing in technology is instantly engaging and something that students are excited about using. OByrne discusses has having an online presence is actually becoming a classroom strategy known as “open learning”, where most resources that are used in a classroom are accessible via an online classroom. I believe that this can be an extremely engaging and effective classroom tool as it allows students to engage in classroom content in a way that is very familiar to them: via technology. My school has actually taken on a larger online presence with the implementation of google suites and the encouragement of google classrooms when applicable. Students are excited by this new platform to complete and submit work. The online platform also allows students to more easily receive feedback and ask questions. Teachers can comment on work submitted to google classroom in real time and more immediately than the traditional method of collecting work, writing feedback directly on work, and then handing this work back to students. Students can apply the feedback more rapidly and thus improve their progress in any class more readily.

 

Moss discusses another method of online learning known as the flipped classroom method “in which instruction and content are delivered online from a remote location (often at home) after school, and guided practice occurs at school with face-to-face teacher guidance.” (Moss, p. 10). Flipped classroom can potentially change the pace of literacy for the better. Instead of spending classroom time diving into a text with annotations and guided questions, students can read, annotate, and answer questions about a text at home through a flipped classroom approach, and then spend the time in class discussing the text and really gaining a deeper understanding of the text’s message. Students can very readily access a text found online and online research opens a door for more opportunities in the amount of texts that can be reached. This is also a great way to approach test preparation, in my opinion. Students can watch a video or read a text online about a specific topic and then spend class time going over the practice questions and answering any clarifying questions. I think I may use this method when reviewing for the 8th grade state test at the end of the year.

 

Lynch discusses an online geared literacy strategy called “new literature”: “New literatures examines the ways in which software’s agentic and active qualities, which are the result of both software’s ontology and the social, political, and economic conditions in which it is produced and promoted, shape the kinds of transactions (Rosenblatt, 1983) readers can have with texts.” (Lynch, p. 298). In his article, Lynch discusses the effectiveness of using online texts due to reading strategies such as hyperlinks, which opens the door to the learning opportunities possible when working from an online text. Hyperlinked tasks can be embedded texts and turn a text into an interactive experience. This strategy can keep students engaged and accountable for their reading by providing checkpoints and other check for understanding activities to keep students on track.

 

Knobel and Lankshear explore the idea of “new literacies”, which tries to anticipate beyond the present and envisage how best to educate now in order to enhance learners’ capacities for effective meaning-making and communication in the foreseeable future.” (Knobel and Lankshear, p. 97). New literacies supports my other points in that incorporating learning strategies that connect students with what they are currently engaged in outside of school can increase and improve meaningfulness in any lesson or activity. Teachers need to always be adapting their practices to what may increase success in their classroom. In the very immersive technology age we are currently experiencing, I believe introducing technology in any means is absolutely the way to go. Webquests and other activities are an effective change in pace to the typical pen and paper note taking. This isn't to say that there aren’t other non-technology based strategies to implement in a classroom, especially a science classroom.


Labs and other activities cannot be replaced with technology, but can be enhanced with technology. Before a frog or fetal pig dissection, students can have the opportunity to virtually explore the different parts of the frog or pig the night before using flipped classroom setup to both expedite the dissection process as well as give students more time to interact with the content.

 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Ashytyn,

      It is very interesting to read about the connections you are making between the uses of technology to support literacy AND engagement.

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