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Presenters -
Kelly Beuthin - Caryl Doetsch
Tracy Murdach

Glenview School District 34 - Primary K-2 - Technology Facilitators

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Critical Issue: Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction

"ISSUE: Educational technology is nudging literacy instruction beyond its oral and print-based tradition to embrace online and electronic texts as well as multimedia. Computers are creating new opportunities for writing and collaborating. The Internet is constructing global bridges for students to communicate, underscoring the need for rock-solid reading and writing skills. By changing the way that information is absorbed, processed, and used, technology is influencing how people read, write, listen, and communicate.
Although technology promises new ways to promote literacy, educators' reactions to it have been mixed. Some have embraced technology with unbridled enthusiasm while others have held it at arm's length with a healthy skepticism. Yet the growing influence of technology has caused many educators to acknowledge that they need information on teaching literacy skills in the Digital Age. To serve that need, this Critical Issue offers research, best practices, and resources that support integration of new technologies into literacy instruction.
Literacy Links
Balanced Literacy - Access resources on Independent Reading, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Word Study, Writing to Support Reading Processes

Teaching and Learning Strategies for Reading - Here is a great resource for tips and strategies on instructional reading approaches. Help prepare your students to learn to read effectively, or read for comprehension and response. Ideas for reading journals, guided
reading, and group reading are also included. Find sample guides, assessments, and questions as well

Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction - the use of interactive media to improve children's story-understanding skills sparked her ongoing interest in integrating technologies in K-12 literacy settings

Reading/Literacy Resources for Present and Future Teachers - Many of the categories listed below come from the "Report of the National Reading Panel" which was released in April of 2000. Others represent specific aspects of reading and literacy.

Reading Online - This website, provided by the International Reading Association, offers hundreds of articles on a range of topics in reading education. To find articles that match your particular interests, simply search or browse the author, title, and subject indexes.

The Journal of Literacy and Technology - An Academic Journal


Literacy is inseparable from opportunity, and opportunity is inseparable from freedom. The freedom promised by literacy is both freedom from- from ignorance, oppression, poverty – and freedom to – to do new things, to make choices, to learn.
-Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director General

Children love reading about real things. IT gives them an understanding of our world and they way things work. And considering all the newspapers, brochures, maps, Internet sites, and how-to manuals we navigate as adults, it’s safe to say that non-fiction is the genre children will read most often when they grow up.
– Sharon Taberski

Research indicates that students who participate in learning activities using integrated learning systems such as with technology spend more time actively engaged in the learning tasks than their counterparts who are engaged in the same offline learning tasks in traditionally structured classrooms
Worthen, VanDusen,& Sailor, 1994

A consistent finding from investigations of reading curricula is that brief, but regular, computer based reading lessons can enhance reading achievement
Rethinking and Bridwell-Bowles, 1996

There is considerable research that points to the positive effects of technology on children's
learning and development

NAEYC, 1996

The full potential of technology's tools is only realized, however, when they are used effectively and in ways that connect meaningfully to the ongoing curriculum of the classroom and support creativity
and critical thinking.

Bergen 2000


The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is an ongoing initiative of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
The primary goal of the ISTE NETS Project is to enable PreK-12 education to develop national standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement in the United States.

As of January 2007, The NETS are currently being "refreshed". As technology, resources, practices, and assessments change over time, it is necessary to review and refresh the standards. Please visit the **NETS refreshed ISTE page** for more information and to see the NETS Refreshed draft.