Literacy for Children in an Information Age: Teaching Reading, Writing, and Thinking / Edition 2

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LITERACY FOR CHILDREN IN AN INFORMATION AGE was developed in response to the urgent need for a literacy methods book that is relevant in today's information-driven society. Cowen and Cohen present a modern, useful text that defines literacy using technology and meets the changing needs of K- 12 instructors, providing practical tips for integrating technology into literacy instruction. As technology has had a profound impact on the nature of K-12 teaching-especially the teaching of reading and writing-some scholars believe that today's digital technologies have changed the meaning of "literacy." Similarly, nearly every state has included technology-related competencies in their standards at nearly every grade level. With this in mind, LITERACY FOR CHILDREN IN AN INFORMATION AGE also includes examples of best practices, software packages, and websites.
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"I like the real world comments. This type of information is so crucial for the pre-service teacher as it [relates] to the real world of teacher." "There is such a wonderful wealth of hands-on resources."

"A major strength of the text is that it is very comprehensive. This text covers the historical perspectives and various approaches to teaching reading that will allow elementary education majors the opportunity to reflect and make decisions about their own literacy beliefs."

"The emphasis on incorporating technology into the literacy curriculum is new and needed. The websites and ideas for using technology in the classroom are excellent."

"Most other texts with the same purpose have technological resources embedded somewhere in the verbiage, but not addressed as a separate issues. With today's workplace requiring more and more use of computers and other technological advances, it is important to educate teachers in utilizing such resources and making them available to students." "The mentioning of ELL learners and children with special needs allows the reader to make provisions for a diversified classroom. This, too, is a strength of the text."

"This is the most complete chapter that I have ever read on Expository Text! The concepts were well outlined for pre-service teacher reading and location of methods and strategies. The scaffolding activities were excellent."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495809531
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: What's New in Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 840,628
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Cohen is Director of the School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is an expert in the field of literacy and technology and has published articles in Educational Technology, Journal of Research on Computing in Education, and The Reading Teacher. Cohen has served as instructional designer for many prestigious projects including Schooldisc for ABC/NEA and Developing Interactive Courseware for SRA.

John Cowen is a tenured faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is well-published, with several publications for the International Reading Association, including a very popular book on major research in reading education. He is a past president of the New Jersey Reading Association and currently serves as an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the IRA's Journal of Reading. Cowen is also a published poet.

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Table of Contents

1. Literacy: A New Definition. 2. A Balanced Literacy Approach. 3. Emergent Literacy in the Classroom. 4. The Study of Words. 5. Reading Comprehension: An Interactive Process. 6. Strategies to Promote Vocabulary Development. 7. The Process of Writing, Listening and Speaking. 8. Assessment in the Literacy Classroom. 9. Using Literature to Promote Literacy. 10. Informational Text to Improve Content-Area Comprehension. 11. Approaches and Strategies that Promote Literacy. 12. Literacy and Communication: From e-Mail to the Internet. 13. Developing Effective Units of Study in Literacy. 14. Managing and Organizing a Literacy Program.
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