Special Report

The Changing Face of Literacy

November 9, 2016
There has never been a generation of young people more immersed in digital media than this one, many of whom learned to use a mobile device before they even started school. This special report examines how literacy instruction is changing in the digital age, from learning to sound out words in elementary school to grappling with “Macbeth” in high school. It finds that, while experts quibble over what it means to be digitally literate, they agree on one thing: even the youngest children should be learning literacy with a mix of print and digital texts.
  • Reading & Literacy Startup Aims to Customize Classroom Book Selections
    While it deals primarily in print books, a new app presents yet another angle on how digital technology is changing literacy instruction in schools.
    Brenda Iasevoli, November 9, 2016
    3 min read
    School librarian Michelle Luhtala co-teaches a lesson on news analysis to 11th and 12th grade students at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. She and fellow librarian Jacqueline Whiting frequently partner with classroom teachers at the school to teach media-literacy skills.
    School librarian Michelle Luhtala co-teaches a lesson on news analysis to 11th and 12th grade students at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. She and fellow librarian Jacqueline Whiting frequently partner with classroom teachers at the school to teach media-literacy skills.
    Christopher Capozziello for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy As Information Landscape Changes, School Librarians Take on New Roles
    School librarians increasingly find themselves teaching students how to navigate and consume information online—and helping teachers embed those skills into the curriculum.
    Madeline Will, November 9, 2016
    9 min read
    "I don't know if the way I teach reading has changed, but the possibilities are bigger for kids, so just embedding all that into the classroom has changed," says Franki Sibberson, a 3rd grade teacher at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.
    "I don't know if the way I teach reading has changed, but the possibilities are bigger for kids, so just embedding all that into the classroom has changed," says Franki Sibberson, a 3rd grade teacher at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.
    Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy Common Core Gives Nod to Digital Skills
    The Common Core State Standards allow for technology use in the classroom, but they don't make a big push for teaching digital literacy, some literacy experts say.
    Liana Loewus, November 9, 2016
    9 min read
    A 3rd grade student reads online at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. The school integrates tablets, laptops, and print books into reading time.
    A 3rd grade student reads online at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. The school integrates tablets, laptops, and print books into reading time.
    Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy Editor's Note: Learning to Read in a Digital Age
    Is the digital revolution transforming literacy instruction in the nation’s schools? Should it? In a new report, Education Week takes a look.
    The Editors, November 9, 2016
    1 min read
    Both printed texts and digital readers have their places in a 3rd grade classroom at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.
    Both printed texts and digital readers have their places in a 3rd grade classroom at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.
    Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy How Should Reading Be Taught in a Digital Era?
    Most experts agree that even the very youngest students should be learning with a mix of print and digital texts.
    Liana Loewus, November 9, 2016
    10 min read
    Reading & Literacy Do 'Digital Natives' Prefer Paper Books to E-Books?
    Some experts predicted that e-books and digital devices would turn print books into relics, but that hasn’t happened—at least not yet.
    Kate Stoltzfus, November 9, 2016
    2 min read
    Ava reads at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. The school integrates iPads, laptops, and books into reading time.
    Ava reads at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. The school integrates iPads, laptops, and books into reading time.
    Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy Explainer What Is Digital Literacy?
    For educators, digital literacy means much more than learning to read online. Here's a guide to understanding it.
    Liana Loewus, November 8, 2016
    5 min read
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    Mark Abramson for Education Week
    Reading & Literacy Teaching Shakespeare With 21st-Century Technology
    Can iPads, social media apps, and digital reading platforms help teenagers better engage with a 500-year-old literary classic?
    Benjamin Herold, November 4, 2016
    9 min read