Publication Date

Spring 4-26-2018


School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


Education, Technology, New Literacies, Language Arts, Literacy, TPACK, E-readers, Digital Media


Education | Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Technology has altered how children experience language. As technology has taken root in society, literacy skills have expanded beyond simply reading and writing print texts to include interacting with digital texts and media. To prepare students to operate in this digital environment, teachers should integrate technology into language arts instruction; however, many teachers feel unprepared to do so effectively. Additionally, some teachers hesitate to implement technology into language arts instruction as a tool because of its supposed negative effects on literacy. Despite beliefs about technology inhibiting reading and writing, teachers can utilize technology to enhance literacy instruction. The digital age has laid the foundation for new literacies, and teachers must build upon it.