How can Close Reading be taught through Technology?

How can close reading be taught through technology?

Hicks, T. (n.d.). Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools.

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This article explains that although many teens own computers, phones or tablets, they don’t use these digital devices for reading. In fact, only 7% of students read using technology. The article goes on to list a number of different strategies students can use with technology to enhance their close reading. For example, students can take snapshots of the text and use software such as snagit or skitch to annotate directly onto their screens. Students can also share their findings through social networking and follow blogs about books or subjects that interest them for further reading.

It is important to note that there are multiple ways for students to use technology with close reading. Many people believe that close reading can only be taught through a physical book. This article goes through so many ways that students can take notes, annotate, and share their research through technology.


L, C. (2015, August 24). 5 Strategies for Teaching Close Reading with Tech.

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This article goes through many of the same strategies as the first article such as annotating and writing in the margins, however it uses different digital tools to do it. This article states that you can use GoogleDocs, Read and Write for Google (a google extension) and another app called Actively Learn which uses annotation tools and large margins for notes. It also says that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has close reading apps for secondary grades. Not only does this article provide a variety of digital tools for students to use, it also lists other techniques for close reading such as modeling, annotating, taking notes, collaborating, and close reading across curriculums.

Close reading is a useful skill that can be applied across subjects and used in a variety of ways. There are a plethora of apps and tools that can help students achieve effective close reading. I think it is important for teachers to not only use traditional methods of close reading (such as modeling and collaboration with peers) but to incorporate technology with these methods.


Letter Regarding Tech in the Classroom

To Whom it May Concern,

Technology is an essential part in any classroom. Today’s students are surrounded by technological devices everyday, whether they are in school or out of school. Digital devices such as laptops, tablets, SmartBoards, smartphones, etc. can be used to enhance the learning experience in the classroom. As teachers, it is our responsibility to ensure that students use technology safely and to its most productive potential.

In my classroom, students must first be aware of the dangers and risks of using technology. Not everything on the internet can be censored. They should be vigilant in using safe search websites. They should also know how important it is to keep their information private. Many children do not know how fast things can spread on the internet. They may also be unaware of how long something can stay on the internet. Once posted, it is nearly impossible to delete. Safety is the number one priority for students in the classroom.

Complete integration of technology into the classroom is inevitable. As 21st century learners, we can only advance further into the digital realm. There are a plethora of devices and software that can help facilitate learning effectively in the classroom. Teachers must consider which programs could best be used with each lesson plan. When choosing software ease of use, content, and student engagement should be brought into consideration.

Effective integration of technology is a great way to enhance the learning experience. However, students and teachers should be vigilant in how it is used in the classroom. Thy must be aware of the risks it may pose and how to best use it to its most effective degree. By following these points, technology can have a fun, effective place in the classroom.