Lesson Plan

Teaching Digital Literacy

Apps for teaching digital reading, engaging with text, and vocabulary acquisition.
Jonathan J.
Classroom teacher
Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland Ohio
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to use these apps to aquire new literacy skills, and refine existing skills. There are apps in this collection for reading and engaging with text and writing and offering feedback to peers and students. Students will be able to learn to construct meaning from presentations given by teachers or peers, and will be able to create and share their own presentations to a class. Using digital research and curation skills, students can save, manage, validate, and use online research techniques to be sure they are using appropriate and valid online content. 

These apps, combined with good projects, and strong pedagogy, will ensure that students digital literacy skills will increase. Your students will become better readers, writers, and researchers.

This section of the app flow will focus on digital reading skills, engaging with text and vocabulary aquisition. The apps highlighted here are for reading digital text from books, online articles, or student works. The apps featured here allow students and teachers to engage with text, study text structures, add and study their own works, and discuss key elements within a written work.

English Language Arts
Grades Pre-K – 12
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1 Guided Practice in Digital Reading

Activity: Reading

Using digital tools to engage students with reading text is a strong choice. In this activity, students will use digital resources like Subtext, Curriculet, and Booktrack to engage with the same text they would do in a 'traditional' reading assignment. 

Teachers can use either Subtext or Curriculet to monitor, track, and socialize with students inside of a written work. In 'traditional' reading assignments, students are given a text and asked to highlight important passages, dissect key vocabulary, or map topics or characters in some visual diagram. Teachers assume students are reading, and have a limited ability to track student progress and understanding through the assignment. 

Using either Curriculet or Subtext, teachers can deploy digital reading assignment to students and track progress through a work. Teachers can upload PDF documents, import web articles, or purchase works online. As students move through text, in-app vocabulary tools help students with pronunciation, nuance, definitions, and recall. Both of these tools also help teachers create 'stopping' points where key story elements are introduced. Teachers can insert study questions, comprehension questions, or discussions within the app to help students pace their reading and to make sure they are comprehending completely. 

Booktrack is considered more of an app to be used to engage students in personal reading. This tool could be especially useful to struggling readers or reluctant readers. Within Booktrack, students can create a living soundtrack to a written work that helps with recall. Booktrack first helps students measure their reading speed, then plays a soundtrack with appropriately themed and timed music that moves along with their reading. As the story elements change, so does the music. 

For digital reading assignments in any content area, Subtext and Curriculet can help to engage students in the reading, and help teachers monitor and study student progress. Booktrack can be used for struggling and reluctant readers to encourage casual reading, or classroom engagement with text. Booktrack can also be used for younger, beginning readers, to help them develop visualization, timing, and nuanced understanding of story elements and progression.