This book provides a practical understanding of digital literacy and information on integrating digital techlogy into English Language Arts and literacy instruction at the K-6 grade levels. Cross-disciplinary connections are also provided to bridge literacy and language arts and other content areas for a more integrated approach to literacy instruction. This text t only introduces readers to various types of digital tools and resources, but also provides practical approaches for using digital tools in instruction to help students read and write multimodal digital texts. Each chapter contains key elements that prompt brainstorming about digital tools, connections to the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, and resources for teachers to plan instruction that incorporates digital tools. Comprehensive sample lesson plans that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and English Language Proficiency Standards are provided throughout the text. Information about digital citizenship, digital copyright, lesson planning, and long-range planning is also provided.
Amy Hutchison is an associate professor at Iowa State University. Her research is focused on approaches to integrating digital technology into literacy instruction and ways to support teachers in their technology integration efforts. Jamie Colwell is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, pre-service teacher education in literacy, and the uses of technology to promote literacy in K-12 education.