Incorportating digital technologies in the primary classroom

Barone & Wright (2008) share a number of interesting ways  teachers can bring new literacies into the primary classroom that result in greater student engagement in learning.

  • Instant messaging (IM): IM as a digital version of think-pair-share can be used to deepen student comprehension and foster engagement. When prompted by the classroom teacher, students refer to an individualised clock with peer names near each time so that when the teacher calls out “X o’clock buddy” the students IM-pair-share their thoughts and answers to questions with their partner.
  • Reading group blogs: Groups of students engaged in the same activity, for example students reading the same book in reading groups, contribute and comment on each others postings. Along with IM, blogs are simply another means for students to become comfortable sharing ideas. This is another means of developing student’s ability for justification and critical reflection.
  • Posting links for internet based activities on the class website: This method saves the students time locating the websites, avoids opportunities for off-task distraction, and encourages students to become more autonomous and independent in using the class website to find out information.

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