The beginning of this chapter begins with what I consider to be obvious. With the integration of technology, it would seem necessary to make accommodations for it in an English teacher's lessons. However, not all schools have the same resources and I am not referring to just the computers, but the support needed to make the suggestions stated in the chapter. And I will quickly be a part of the problem:How do we as a society be sure schools who are already struggling, now be further behind the curve? A reference was made regarding ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) that they were kind enough to provide guidelines for teachers so that they may include technology in their lessons. Were poorer schools taken into account? Maybe the money used to pay people to create said guidelines could have been used to provide schools the resources. I digress...
Lee soon refreshes our memory on "effective, research based teaching methods and strategies...guided reading, book talks, literature circles...". We are also reminded to provide literacy-rich environments because there may be "limited access to these resources at home." Interesting to think that it is assumed that students who come from homes lacking literacy, will value technology.
One thing I found interesting was the short discussion regarding how we read. It is suggested that students no longer read left to right format, but rather in a non-linear format. One that instead has students looking at graphics, viewing video, listening to audio. And it has even been researched that because children are choosing what they read in these hypermedia environments, comprehension improves. Researchers are seeing the same gains in writing as well. When asked to word process a composition instead of writing, products are longer and there is a greater variety of vocabulary, word usage, and sentence structure.
I also liked the ideas suggested...digital storytelling, story books using Kidpix, using Inspiration to create a piece of writing. SubEthaEdit is then used to collaboratively edit the writing. Is this software that needs to be purchased. I will continue after I search for answers...not software.