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Tech Tools Used to Boost Literacy

Date: February 9, 2011

Summary: Jeffrey Wilhelm, director of the Boise State University Writing Project, and other teachers discuss how technology—such as webcams, audio recorders, blogs, and other Web 2.0 tools—can boost literacy in students.


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Teaching students to read in an authentic context is a key part of being literate, says Jeffrey Wilhelm, a former middle and high school teacher who is now at Boise State University, where he does research on struggling readers.

"Being literate has always meant the capacity to use a culture's most powerful tools to create and communicate meanings," he says. "If you're not teaching with [technology], you're not only not preparing the kids for the future, you're not preparing them for the present moment."

Technology, such as the Internet and Web 2.0 tools, makes it easier for teachers to tap into students' interests and personalize what they are reading, he says.

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