Creating a technology-friendly learning environment.
Eckley, Cherilyn E.
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Literacy is no longer limited to reading and writing on paper, but now includes many types of digital devices. Students will now require some digital literacy skills in order to read and write with these new media. Teachers as well will require revised instructional practices in order to incorporate the latest technology into their classrooms. This research study addresses the question of what research says about using features of touch-screen interactive app-based technology to assist classroom teachers in modifying their instruction to a more student centered and technology-friendly learning environment. An extended literature review and synthesis was conducted and produced two major findings. The first finding is that teachers’ lack sufficient knowledge about the features of touchscreen devices may be a factor to limit the incorporating of these into a classroom learning environment; however, those teachers who do take the time and have the interest to learn about or receive professional development in touch-screen devices and incorporating them into lessons and the classroom environment report an increase in knowledge and positive experiences. The second finding is that the “apps” of EdModo, GroupScribble, and VoiceThread all contain features that are particularly helpful for instructional purposes and for building a “community” of learners within a technology friendly learning environment of the classroom.
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