Literacy for Children in an Information Age: Teaching Reading, Writing, and Thinking (What’s New in Education)

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Developed to meet the changing needs of K-12 instructors in today's information-driven society, LITERACY FOR CHILDREN IN AN INFORMATION AGE, 2ND EDITION, identifies the "new literacies" and provides practical tips for integrating technology in literacy instruction. The text emphasizes a balanced approach to reading education that incorporates both the whole language and skills-based/phonics approaches. It also features in-depth information on tailoring reading programs to meet the needs of a multicultural student body. Hundreds of examples of classroom practice include chapter-opening vignettes, student work samples, and examples of instructional strategies for various grade levels. To address the fact that nearly every state includes technology-related competencies in its standards at nearly every grade level, this modern and relevant literacy methods text also includes examples of best practices, software packages, and websites.

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Vicki Cohen is Director of the School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is an expert in the field of literacy and technology and has published articles in Educational Technology, Journal of Research on Computing in Education, and The Reading Teacher. Cohen has served as instructional designer for many prestigious projects including Schooldisc for ABC/NEA and Developing Interactive Courseware for SRA.

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"I like the real world comments. This type of information is so crucial for the pre-service teacher as it [relates] to the real world of teacher."
"There is such a wonderful wealth of hands-on resources."

"A major strength of the text is that it is very comprehensive. This text covers the historical perspectives and various approaches to teaching reading that will allow elementary education majors the opportunity to reflect and make decisions about their own literacy beliefs."

"The emphasis on incorporating technology into the literacy curriculum is new and needed. The websites and ideas for using technology in the classroom are excellent."

"Most other texts with the same purpose have technological resources embedded somewhere in the verbiage, but not addressed as a separate issues. With today’s workplace requiring more and more use of computers and other technological advances, it is important to educate teachers in utilizing such resources and making them available to students."
"The mentioning of ELL learners and children with special needs allows the reader to make provisions for a diversified classroom. This, too, is a strength of the text."

"This is the most complete chapter that I have ever read on Expository Text! The concepts were well outlined for pre-service teacher reading and location of methods and strategies. The scaffolding activities were excellent."

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