Week 7

Adolescent digital literacy is something that should be mandatory in our classrooms at this point.  We live in an age where most things are run by technology: people read the news on their phones, communicate with bosses or coworkers through emails, and books are being sold through online apps.  Not only is it beneficial to create learners proficient in digital literacy, it also is a tool that can be extremely beneficial for students with disabilities. “All literacies, “new” or conventional—involve bringing technology, knowledge, and skills together within contexts of social purpose” and thus leaves technology as a key aspect in our classrooms (Knobel & Lankshear).  In my own practice, I would like to begin incorporating technology as a means of sharing my students scientific findings.  After working in multiple laboratory settings and even in my times in college, I always was expected to express my results of analysis and findings in some digital form, whether that was a write up or a spreadsheet and graphics. Online resources can be used as a tool for struggling readers and students with disabilities by allowing students to interact with text in ways such as text to speech, or increased visuals (Moss).  I frequently use this as a differentiation tool for my students who can use the extra support with fluency. 


In the digital age, adolescent literacy should in itself be multimodal.  Not only should students be engaging with texts digitally, we should also be incorporating meaningful projects, blogs, spreadsheets, and more to ensure that our students are ready to face the workforce or college where digital formats take over.  In districts where technology is readily available, teachers use it as an add on rather than incorporate it into the classroom for a purposeful way (Hicks & Turner).  This resonated with me because I think I fall victim to this as well.  I often have students use Phet simulations which is a great way to interact digitally with scientific content, but other times it is used more as an end of unit project.  I would like to begin to think of ways to incorporate digital literacy into my classroom more. 


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