The Impact of Building a Better Text on Literacy Pedagogy
Monday, November 14 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Edison C
Abstract: The 21st century has seen the emergence of instruction-rich digital texts. These texts provide unique affordances, like hearing the text read aloud, multimedia, built in questions, and the ability for readers to interact with teachers and peers through social-sharing features. Given the options, the question of “where do I start” and “which is the better text” becomes overwhelming. However, the more fundamental question is “how do these platforms impact reading and language arts pedagogy”? While educators might think best practices with digital texts focus on how you implement a digital text, the central question concerns pedagogy. Best practices depend on the educators, the situation, and their belief about teaching literacy. To explore that core belief, this paper will do a side-by-side comparison of two digital text companies--Actively Learn and LightSail--to explore how design choices and learning objectives impact how digital texts impact literacy pedagogy.