Literacy And Technology

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Literacy is an essential component for any subject area in school, as well as a necessity for succeeding in the workforce. One of the many challenges teachers face in the classroom is finding creative ways to instruct the students and keep them engaged in the lessons. Finding an avenue that the students can relate to and that sparks their interest can be technology. By implementing technology into the literacy curriculum, teachers motivate, engage, and create a more student-centered style classroom. It can be difficult for teachers, especially if they have little experience with technology, to change their curriculum to include more media literacy and other digital tools. However, with an open-mind and motivation, teachers can implement …show more content…
Students should be able to find, evaluate, and synthesize information found through search engines on the Internet (Lea, 2005). It is easy for students to click on the first title that pops up or get sidetracked when researching. When using search engines, students need to make inferences about the webpages that pop up, as well as look for bold faced letters that connect to their initial search request (Lea, 2005). There is a lot of information on the Internet, so by teaching students important analyzing skills when researching, the students are better prepared to find credible …show more content…
Hicks (2011) stated, “Classroom expectations and educational standards have also changed because of the integration of technology in the classroom, resulting in technology becoming a classroom necessity rather than a luxury.” Laptops and technology in the classroom increase learning, planning, technology usage, and learning concepts (Parr & Ward, 2014). Technology opens the door for students to have a wide-range of literacy learning opportunities that can be altered to fit the needs of individual students. Incorporating various media literacy into the curriculum lets teachers produce creative and exciting ways to meet state standards (Scheibe, 2014). The best way for students to retain information is for them to have a positive learning experience that sparks their interest and makes them want to

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