Literacy Online: New Tools for Struggling Readers and Writers / Edition 1

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In recent years, while the computer has gone from a schoolhouse novelty to an invaluable teaching tool, Julie Wood has researched how twenty-first century technologies can help all students achieve full literacy. In Literacy Online, she demonstrates how strategically employing your classroom's computer can help you find new solutions to a perennial challenge faced by every elementary teacher: engaging and encouraging struggling students while developing their reading and writing skills.

All you need to do is get students to the keyboard, then Literacy Online's practical suggestions for using computers will develop underachieving students' literacy skills in a project-based environment rich with meaning. Wood demonstrates how digital-based lessons encourage growth in seven key literacy characteristics:

  • word recognition
  • fluency
  • comprehension
  • vocabulary
  • reading and writing across the curriculum
  • process Writing
  • motivation.

Literacy Online shares concrete ideas for teaching and planning in support struggling students as well as guidelines for evaluating the helpfulness of websites and software. In addition, a companion website ( features reproducible brainstorming sheets and links to successful model programs across the country where the literacy abilities of students have improved dramatically thanks to the integration of technology.

Best of all, Literacy Online is written for any teacher. Technophobes will begin helping emerging readers overcome their difficulties on Monday morning with easy-to-use tips that capitalize on basic skills like word processing, browsing the Internet, and communicating by email, while technophiles will find innovative options to improve students' reading and writing sooner by extending into web design, the use of a variety of computer gadgetry, and even speech recognition software.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003696
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Now an education consultant, Julie M. Wood, Ed.D., was a faculty member and former Director of the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her studies of technology in the classroom have helped many educators integrate digital tools into instruction in ways that maximize literacy learning.
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Table of Contents



Part 1: Literacy in the Digital Age

The Magic of Kids and Computers

"Punctuated Equilibrium"

Leveling the Playing Field for Your Students

Special Needs Call for Special Tools

Multiple Intelligences Theory Can Guide Your Use of New Technologies

New Technologies Can Be Coaxed to Help Develop Literacy Skills

What Do Kids Really Need to Know to Succeed?

Taking a Step Back to Critique the Profession

"The Odds Are So Against It"

Youth Culture

But Can Computers Really Make You Smarter?

From Past to Present

A Russian Philosopher and the Zone of Proximal Development

Implications for Your Teaching

Part 2: Seven Ways to Use New Media to Improve Reading and Writing Instruction

Essential Literacy Practice 1: Word Recognition

Essential Literacy Practice 2: Fluency

Essential Literacy Practice 3: Comprehension

Essential Literacy Practice 4: Vocabulary

Essential Literacy Practice 5: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Essential Literacy Practice 6: Writing

Essential Literacy Practice 7: Motivating Reluctant Readers and Writers

Part 3: Lessons from the Reading Lab for Teachers and Students

The Teaching Fellows

Behind the Scenes at the Lab

Jeanne Chall's Legacy

Twenty-first Century Literacies and Struggling Readers and Writers

The Computer Minilab

Publishing Student Work

Videotaping Lab Sessions

Lessons from the Lab

Establishing an Individual Voice as a Writer

More Eye-openers

A Final Note

Part 4: Becoming an (Even More) Innovative Literacy Professional

Reflecting on Your Past, Present, and Future

Getting Started

Finding a Buddy, in Your District or in Cyberspace

Stay on Top of New Developments in Literacy and Technology

"Make a New Plan, Stan. . ."

Showcasing Student Learning

Funding Your Vision

Be Patient

Be Brave

Let's Continue the Conversation

Brainstorming: Changing Your Teaching Forever

Sample Brainstorm

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