Teaching reading is not for the faint of heart - it’s serious work that deserves constant attention, adaptation, and adjustment. And now, to ensure reading success for all students, educators have to engage and embrace a maze of digital literacy tech tools. As a veteran teacher who began teaching before personal computers were accessible in schools (please don’t do the math), keeping up with technology became a professional priority. I felt proud (and scared) of every teaching tech step, but it didn’t take long before my 6th grade students were racing ahead and I had stay in gear to keep up every single day of my teaching career.
Even though digital literacy presents powerful teaching and learning potential, there are daunting challenges in a world exploding with screens, causing even the toughest of teachers to wonder:
- How does one teacher guide the ever-increasing interactions of all students and their screens during any given school day?
- How does one teacher evaluate and identify best apps or tools to put in the hands of each student based on specific literacy and learning needs?
- How does one teacher develop a trust for tech tools that expand or expire by the day?