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koppenhaverd
tech and literacy
Sat Jun 6, 2015 09:27
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Technology is just a set of tools It becomes essential in accommodating for differences. It is useful in instruction. Exploration of print, with adult or peer insight, is critical to learning. If an iPad gets a kid into text in an engaging way, then I'm all for it. See, e.g., an app called Click n' Talk, that lets you insert photos and easily create personalize literacy materials (think of it as digital language experience). If it puts a child in a stupid app where they play phonics games and watch lights flash and bells ding, it's a waste of time from a literacy perspective. Especially for children with ASD who need more context, not less, in order to learn.

  • Literacy and Technology - Kelsie Fender, Sat Jun 6 02:29
    Although there may not be a correct answer for this, it was just a thought I found myself pondering as I watched the children in the videos. Many, if not all, of these videos were taken before most... more
    • Reply to kelsie - Hunter Hastings, Sat Jun 6 22:14
      This is something that I too have often thought about. I will say that I tend to be a technology cynic, but the more I sink into my major of special education, the more I can see the benefit. Often... more
    • RE: Literacy and Technology - Nicholas Flippen, Sat Jun 6 15:40
      I think as times change and the world evolves, our instruction of literacy has to evolve as well. Many think that as print becomes obsolete, we are doing a disservice to our students by giving them... more
    • Oh, that is a good thought - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 6 14:37
      Those are some very good questions, some of which I have thought about myself. I think that technology plays a great role in our society and it can in our classrooms as well. But I think that it can... more
      • Re: Britt - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat Jun 6 14:59
        I definitely agree that their are pros and cons of using technology in the classroom. I know in the middle school that I was placed in last semester every child was given their own computer. At first ... more
        • Re: Britt - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 6 16:00
          My entire got a grant for laptops and such and so far it has been a negative thing (I could go on a rant about that, but that is for a rainy day). You're right that nothing will beat pencil and paper ... more
    • technology vs. real books - catheyt, Sat Jun 6 13:10
      Technology should never be seen to replace real text. It should be used in addition to, or to enhance literacy experiences. It's such a balancing act because many students are more motivated and... more
      • RE: technology vs. real book - Kelsie Fender , Sat Jun 6 13:49
        I completely agree about it being a balancing act because children are generally more excited to engage with technology. Personally, I would much rather physically hold a book when I'm reading, but I ... more
        • choice and selection - catheyt, Sun Jun 7 13:05
          I think one way to make reading real text more appealing is to have a wide variety available for students to freely choose from. Also, reading aloud to students always creates interest. Every student ... more
    • Re: Literacy and Technology - Karley Ingold, Sat Jun 6 10:45
      I think that at this point they are trying to engage the students with ASD in as many ways as possible to get them started on that road to literacy. Although using technology might not be the same as ... more
      • RE: Karly- Literacy and Technology - Kelsie Fender , Sat Jun 6 13:55
        Karly, I like that you think of using technology as a gateway for students with ASD. I agree that it would be a good way to capture the attention of young readers! Do you feel as though it would be... more
    • Response to Kelsie - brownrf, Sat Jun 6 10:43
      I had similar thoughts while reading and watching. All children are dependent on technology these days. It probably does hinder traditional ways of teaching literacy but I think there is a way we can ... more
      • RE: Response to Kelsie - Kelsie Fender , Sat Jun 6 14:03
        Children are certainly dependent on technology today! I personally think it does hinder traditional ways of literacy. During this unit we have learned about emergent literacy and how it is important... more
    • tech and literacy - koppenhaverd, Sat Jun 6 09:27
      • RE: Tech and literacy - Kelsie Fender , Sat Jun 6 14:12
        Dr. K, Do you feel as though there will be a "tipping point" in the future where students no longer rely on printed text at all? Technology is progressing so quickly. Similar to how DVDs replaced VHS ... more
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