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Adolescent Literacy: What’s Technology Got to Do With It? | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z |

January 22, 2017

This article discusses the positive impact technology can have for adolescents struggling with literacy, specifically citing online resources as well as ways in which these specific resources can aid in developing adolescent literacy skills. Specifically providing suggestions for using technology to help struggling readers, whether they be “regular”students, those with learning disabilities or English Language Learners. 


One interesting suggestion was utitlizing technology as digital texts as well as using Text-to-Speech technology. This would function similarly to a read-aloud strategy to aid in comprehension, but adds a level of independence, while incorporating the use of media and technology in the classroom, allowing the teacher to accomplish more than just reading comprehension skills, effectively equipping students with technology skills and problem solving skills through the use of resources based in technology. Teachers could use this opportunity to encourage students to look for resources on the internet that could function as tools to help them complete tasks, whether it be a youtube instructional video or an online bibliography template. By incorporating technology into the process of teaching reading teachers are able to teach the literacy of the internet as well as reading. Reading may become more relevant to adolescents when they see it as a huge part of their personal lives (the internet).


The source also suggests using techonology to increase engagement and interest in reading. This seems important to consider with teaching reading as reading has become something that exists beyond print, and is moving to exist more and more in digital spaces, spaces in which adolescents are active participants. I think teachers should ask students what technology they like and what technology they don’t like and use that information to their advantage when teaching reading, as it helps them understand students likes and dislikes as well as providing an idea of the types of texts they are a part of. With this information a teacher can pick and choose certain modes of technology to include in the classroom in a more effective way. 



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