ERIC Number: ED480229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Issue: Using Technology To Enhance Literacy Instruction.
Holum, Ann; Gahala, Jan
Noting that technology has contributed to an expanded understanding of literacy, this guide offers research, best practices, and resources that support the integration of new technologies into literacy instruction. It begins with brief definitions of: information literacy, digital literacy, new literacy, computer literacy, computer-technology literacy, critical literacy, and media literacy. It discusses research on technology and literacy, and outlines technologies that support students' reading development and research and collaboration skills. In discussing professional development in technology and literacy, it notes that as educational technologies move the classroom toward a student-centered model, the role of the literacy teacher becomes that of a coach, facilitator, or mentor. The guide lists the following goals related to technological literacy: the school or district has a clear set of goals, expectations, and criteria for improvements in student literacy; educational technology supports literacy instruction in the classroom and is integrated into the literacy curriculum; all students have opportunities to use educational technology to improve their literacy skills; and ongoing professional development in literacy and technology provides educators with current and practical applications for enhancing students' literacy skills. Action options for teachers, library-media specialists, parents, and community members; implementation pitfalls; illustrative cases, and a list of contacts are provided. (PM)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Professional Development, Reading Instruction, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.