“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” By Vera Nazarian
New literacies refers to literacy through digital technology. In todays classrooms literacy needs to look a little different because our students are learning with different tools and for a different type of world. New literacies still focuses on reading skills, strategies, and ideas but through multi-media digital tools. For example, we still need to teach close reading but not just with reading an article online but also with tools such as podcasts and blogs etc. Below are some good resources for you to explore and try integrating into your classroom.
Infusing Technology into the Balanced Literacy Classroom Jennifer W. Shettel, Ed.D. and Kevin Bower, M.Ed.
Literature Map: Students can put in their favorite author and literature map displays other authors that are similar that they might like.
Newspaper Map: Bring any place in the worlds Newspaper to your students finger tips. Click on a location and then on the image icon to pull up the newspaper from that part of the world. Need it translated into your native language, it will translate it for you.
International Children’s Digital Library: Find books from all over the world at the on this free site. It doesn’t read the books aloud, but students can read them independently.
Film Canon Project: Films, screen plays and more to add a different type of literacy to your classroom.
Podcasts for Students: Here are curated podcasts that students enjoy and teachers use in the classroom.
News ELA: Find non-fiction articles based on your students levels.
US Digital Literacy: Chalk full of resources and ideas!