Dr. Deborah Healey, dhealey@uoregon.edu; www.deborahhealey.com


  • Tech and literacy – yes and no
  • Reading – new and old literacies
    • What do you need to know?
    • How do you find it?
    • Do you understand it?
    • Can you trust it?
  • Writing - new and old literacies
    • How do you improve it?
    • How do you save and share it?
  • Next steps

Resources from the talk

Unless otherwise stated, all are free, but most require registration. Many are available as apps

Digital native/immigrants; digital residents/visitors

OCLC research - map your apps

What do you need to know?

Surveys with www.PollEverywhere.com, www.Socrative.com (as apps or on computer)

Prepare to read
  • Skim for the gist; look at the title, headings, tables, images
  • Digitally - look for hyperlinks
  • Throughout - Think and question

Reading: How do you find it?

Choose the right tool - different search engines have different areas of focus
Think about key words
Check the Advanced Search options to help narrow the search
Think of alternative wording

Searching with Google Advanced Search- get help at https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/35890?hl=en
Protecting your data with anonymous browsing on Chrome and Firefox (and others) on computers or app versions

Reading: Do you understand it?

Annotating websites with www.diigo.com (app or computer), hypothes.is and bounceapp.com
Translation with various tools, including translate.google.com – but learners need to know the limits. Use translation to get the gist, then restate or summarize in English to gain language skill
  • BreakingNewsEnglish - multiple levels of reading, audio of the reading, text reconstruction activities, vocabulary work - lots of suggestions for teacher activities in class and for homework, as well: https://breakingnewsenglish.com
  • LessonWriter - create scaffolding for a reading that you add, either by copying and pasting or from a website. The program generates pre-reading and comprehension questions and activities from the grammar and vocabulary within the text. A great way to customize text help: https://www.lessonwriter.com
  • Text Analyzer - paste in the text and get the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) reading level: http://www.roadtogrammar.com/textanalysis/

Reading: Can you trust it?

Crowdsourcing – www.wikipedia.org; more attention now to accuracy, but it's still iffy. It's best to go to the references at the bottom to find original sources.
Hosting Facts for tips on identifying trustworthy sources (a 21st century skill) – hostingfacts.com/evaluating-online-resources
Authorship, Currency and .Relevance, Accuracy, Purpose and Objectivity, References -Links

Writing: How do you express it?

Word processing
Posting on social media

Writing: How do you improve it?

Electronic submission of documents for Track Changes (Word) and Insert Comments (Word and Google Docs)
Concordance for quick usage check with browser search or full corpus like COCA: corpus.byu.edu/coca
Electronic bibliography tools and bibliography information
  • Zotero: www.zotero.org - download this free bibliography tool. Capitalization doesn't always work correctly when it creates a bibliography in APA or MLA format
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab: owl.english.purdue.edu – guidance on many writing topics

Writing: How do you save and share it?

Protecting privacy - guidelines
Digital curation – saving and sharing links in an organized way with Pinterest: www.pinterest.com (on computer or app) and ScoopIt: www.scoop.it (must register to view or use)

Writing collaboratively with Google Docs: docs.google.com – truly collaborative writing

File sharing
Global or local group projects with iEARN - iearn.org/collaboration
Online groups - these need to be set up in advance
Social media sharing
  • Huge global authentic audience
  • Risks: privacy, fake news, clickbait, bullying
Groups - discussion, file sharing, and more
  • Facebook Groups
  • WhatsApp Groups
  • Google Groups
  • Google Classroom

Next steps

Teach new literacies, use new tools, let students select, manipulate, republish - remix


What is 21st Century Education? video: https://youtu.be/Ax5cNlutAys

For more reading, writing, and vocabulary resources, see another of my sites: https://sites.google.com/site/readingandwritingresources/

PDF from my 2020 TESOL Italy talk

Last updated 10 November 2020 by D. Healey