No Literacy Left Behind: Why use digital tools in literacy instruction?

It’s common sense. We have to meet our students where they are. We have to know our students and the cultural wealth they bring to our schools. Using what they already know as a method of mediating new learning is just good teaching. So why not meet our students in a mileu that they already know?

Using digital tools, thus, capitalizing upon a student’s digital literacy, will facilitate literacy instruction.

How do we do this? How can we make this a campus-wide practice? How do we sustain it?

Digital Literacy Team Homework…1

Okay, so who’s bright idea was this anyway? Okay, I’ve always wanted a personal learning network on campus where I could share some digital literacy ideas. Now, I have one, but of course, that means more work…more enjoyable work.

First, we were asked to pick our top 10 sites. This was difficult so here are some of mine in no particular order. They would change if asked again at this moment. 

Sorry…see doc.

Then, we were asked to find an article and app supporting iPads in the classroom. See my Scoop It: iPad=iLearn.

The app I chose was Toontastic. It allows users to drag, drop, animate, and narrate stories. The awesome part of it is that the story is developed using the Plot Diagram. Great for composing narratives.

Then we were charged with discussing possible publishing platforms to share our work. Of course, I chose Posterous. Just see here for help getting started with Posterous.

Starting a Digital Literacy Team at NDHS

With the TTIPS grant, we will be receiving much needed technology, but the problem arises: how can we ensure it’s used effectively? And so begins the Digital Literacy Team. Today we will have our first meeting whose purpose is to vision. I decided to use Human Systems Dynamics to help us out. Here are some graphics to help us out.