Reading is the most complex skill to teach and the most important. Young learners must master elements of phonemic awareness and phonics which leads to greater reading fluency. Readers must have a set of strategies to understand unknown words, cite vocabulary, sentence structure, coherence, organization, and background knowledge for comprehension.
So how can you use technology to teach literacy skills?
Read aloud books provide practice with literacy skills such as phoneme manipulation, letter-sound recognition, comprehension, drill-practice games, animations, interactive page turning with pop-up vocabulary, rhyming, comprehension questions, etc.
Vocabulary skills help readers become independent. Technology can support and extend students' vocab acquisition and give them the tools to use when they come upon an unfamiliar word.
Book Studies give students the opportunity to dive deeper into the elements of writing while examining works by the same author to compare characters, illustrations, and themes. Check the author's personal website and the publisher's websites for resources and activities.
Differentiating reading instruction with reading technologies can extend the reach of the teacher, ensuring that every student is engaged, highly engaged, in meaningful independent practice that optimizes development.
Teachers should have writing tools in their toolbox to use technology in the writing process to move students to a digital path to prepare them for their future.
Information literacy refers to students' abilities to know when there is a need for information and how to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information.
The goal of literacy instruction is to improve reading and writing skills so that students can become independent readers and thinkers. Teachers can engage students with meaningful technology-driven work.