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Taming the Wild Text: 15 Tools for Digital Readers

Location: W192b

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W192b

Dr. Monica Burns  
This fast-paced session presents 15 technology tools for digital readers and customizable for your learning goals. This session shares the power of technology in the hands of digital readers through interactive, hands-on simulations of classroom learning experiences.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this fast-paced session, you will learn about 15 favorite technology tools for digital readers. These tools are perfect for K-12 teachers and totally customizable for your learning goals. The goal of this session is to help educators understand the power of technology in the hands of digital readers through the presentation of a series of tools in the context of classroom learning experiences. Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares her favorites tools for Chromebooks, iPads and any device you have as you help readers across subject areas tame the wild text.
The objectives for learners: (1) identify the need for a print and digital balance, (2) explore reading in the tech-rich classroom, (3) extend our thinking to connect readers across the world


What does it mean to tame the wild text? - Introduction to digital and print reading balance - research and best practices (5 min)
How can you use digital tools with readers? Overview of online reading tools - big picture and classroom stories; hands-on activity for group to explore; tools 1-5 (15 min)
How can you create interactive, collaborative reading experiences with digital tools? Alternative reading responses, collaborative projects; tools 5-10 (20 min)
How can you share your reading with the world? Moving outside of the classroom by reading purposefully and socially; tools 10-15 (15 min)
Taking it Back - goal setting and questions; final hands-on activity (5 min)

Supporting research

This session draws on the work of:
Allyn, P. and Burns, M. 2017. Taming the Wild Text: Literacy Strategies for Today's Reader. California: Shell Education.

Chen, Chih-Ming, and Fang-Ya Chen. 2014 “Enhancing digital reading performance with a collaborative reading annotation system.” Computers & Education. 77: 67–81,   
Konnikova, Maria. 2014. “Being a Better Online Reader.” New Yorker, July 16.    
Guernsey, Lisa, and Michael H. Levine. 2015. Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Kindle edition.
Wolf, Maryanne, and Mirit Barzillai. 2009. “The Importance of Deep Reading,” Educational Leadership 66(6): 32-37.

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Dr. Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips, LLC

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