Over the last 3 years or so, I've been gathering children's and young adult texts that include some level of technology interaction, typically involving computers and other digital technologies. My goals are two-fold: to examine how these texts present and situate technology as well as to explore ways to use these texts with pre-K to 12th grade readers.
has been an opportunity to begin sharing the information
that I have been gathering on my bookshelves.
My ultimate goal is to develop an ongoing source of information for K12 teachers who may use these texts in their classrooms as
well as for college teachers who are exploring how students' literacy skills are
shaped by children's literature before they reach
the college classroom.
Several basic questions frame my exploration:
- What technology resources are students likely to encounter in the
texts that they read?
- What do these books teach students about technology? What messages do they
- What experiences with technology do students bring to these books?
- How does
their prior knowledge affect their reading of these books?
- How can we tap this knowledge of technology in the composition and language arts classroom?
Working from these questions, I've gathered ideas that urge students to think more deeply about their own beliefs and to pay attention to
the ways that technology is described and used.
This presentation is broken into the following sections:
Some Preliminary Notes/Warnings
- Rather than a polished presentation, these pages share my current, working vision of these children's and young adult texts. The information is a simple and preliminary impression, one which will expand as I explore more of these texts more deeply. This presentation is just the beginning.
- Parts of this text were conceptualized in Michigan at CIWIC. Examples are limited in places to the texts that I have on hand in Houghton. Most notably, I have no picture books on hand to refer to for specific details. I'll expand the information when I have all my books available.