With Literacy and Learning for All

As students move from novice to expert in various fields of study, they must become familiar with specialized vocabulary, patterns of thinking, and specific uses of language. More than just integrating reading and writing strategies across the curriculum, as effective teachers we must invite students from diverse backgrounds to become fluent in what are now being labeled as "disciplinary literacies," the spaces where content knowledge, literacy skills, and critical thinking all connect.

Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive workshop, we will explore a variety of tools and ideas that can help our students learn how to read, write, and think like experts in our own classrooms and beyond. Participants will actively explore three tools that can be used for active digital learning in face-to-face or online settings: Google Docs, Padlet, NowComment, and more.



  • From hard copy to the app, it becomes more interactive (this could be good, bad, or neutral)
  • The hard copy can be more interactive, as you need to visualize the text itself (voices, setting); your mind can wander (the fuller the media presentation, the potential for less involvement)
  • If students know what their preferred learning style is, then the different versions could work for different learners
  • Different devices can lead to different version (Ctrl+F)
  • With the Gutenberg version, you are doing a close reading and concerned about comprehension... you could put it on screen and have everyone look at it at the same time
  • As a phone reader, I use it to read a book on my phone (smaller chunks, more accessible)

As readers...
As writers...
  • Accessing academic journals
  • Analysis of case studies, autobiographies
  • Simulation reading of scenario and extract data
  • Understanding the stylistic expectations (MLA, APA, etc)
  • Speedy comprehension is difficult, but this activity was not "right/wrong" and could have been less pressure
  • Two types of writing in biology (the writing for undergrads, the journal article)
  • Synthesize ideas across sources
  • Audience awareness
  • Understanding and using academic vocabulary
  • Using APA, MLA, etc
  • The development of drafts, over time
  • Create a shared sense of ownership -- and shared responsibility