I think literacy has changed a great deal for the 21st century classroom. Students are now able to carry literally millions of books in their hands just by having a tablet. Whereas previously they would be using print media and would not have the ability to easily carry that amount of books. When given the option most students even prefer to read on a tablet or electronic device over print media. Because of this technology in my opinion has made it more accessible and easier for students to not only find stories that they enjoy but also tools that can aid in improving their reading skills. They can do this through various apps or even have the ability to have the story read to them through their tablet or electronic device. Because of the growth of technology teachers now have a variety of ways to track student literacy and use the data to help the students with problematic areas. When using these types of literacy programs it will often tailor the lessons or activities to help boost the students’ problematic areas. This is amazing because we all know how children learn differently and this helps individualize their learning. This is so important because like Anderson, Grant and Speck (2008) say, “Computers are common in the workplace and in homes, and increasing technology in schools is essential for preparing students for the digital future” (p. 6). Since these are all common place and technology is constantly changing and evolving it is important to us as teachers that we continue to change and evolve our classrooms to meet the needs of our students.
Anderson, R. S., Grant, M. M., & Speck, B. W. (2008). Technology to teach literacy: a resource for K-8 teachers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.