First, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to the #CyberPd team who brings together an amazing community of learners who are all willing to share and learn in one space (virtually)! The possibilities in this group are amazing and will impact many children and educators and for this I can't thank you enough @CathyMere, @LauraKomos and @MichelleNero! You three ladies are modern day super learning heroes!
As I read Digital Reading -What's Essential in
Franki and Bill caution us about assuming the students (while well versed with digital tools outside of the classrooms) know how to make choices or use digital tools for learning without time and experience as a digital learner. The world in which our students will live as adults has already embraced new and different forms of literacy and students not unlike print literacies need time to learn the intricacies of digital literacies in a way that will allow them explore new tools and literacies as our tools and literacies evolve.
...we can't view digital reading as an add-on; in other words, we can't wait until a child is competent with traditional literacy skills and then expect the child to transfer these skills to digital texts.
These words spoke to me over and over as I read. As the mother of two daughters who grew up with digital tools I have watched as they've self-taught themselves how to use these powerful tools and it's clear we use them VERY differently. I often suggest to them how they could use these tools to connect, research, and expand learning they reply-
"You're using it weird" or "That's not how people our age use it."
Franki and Bill express the importance of embedding the use of these tools in our instruction on a
As a first grade teacher what better time is their to root the purpose and power of tools for learning. I strive to instill choice and purpose in learning and as our media has expanded from paper and pencil so have our choices. This is not to say paper and pencil are not still viable choices, it's never about the tool, it's about the purpose and choice.
Forgive this ROUGH book i created as my FIRST book on Book Creator. I am pondering how my classroom has evolved through the implementation and rooting of digital tools & digital literacies.
I've included the book below despite it's raw state to invite more conversation on this thought-
How has your teaching and/or classroom changed with digital literacies?
How have Digital Tool and Literacies Changed your classroom and Teaching? from Deb on Vimeo.