In our world today it almost seems too easy for one to make the argument about the advantages of technology integration into the content area of English Language Arts. After all, the overarching purpose of Language Arts is to lead our students into being more efficient readers, writers, and communicators.
The incorporation of technology into the content area of Language Arts for the purpose of reading material allows for easy access to an endless supply of at the ready material of all reading levels. This is further developed as an advantage as it improves teaching by allowing instructors to differentiate reading passages due to student need for material accessible to their level as well as allow for student choice, increasing student motivation.
Additionally the integration of technology creates an advantage for our students in writing and communicating by providing a plethora of writing aids and platforms at their fingertips. Software such as Microsoft Word allows students to draft up their ideas while collaboration of multiple ideas is made simple through the use of Google Docs. Then, once students have identified their topic and how they want to present their learning platforms such as social media sharing, blogging publishing, and presentation software allow students to be heard in an authentic way that reaches more people than ever before.
These reading and writing advantages named above are only the tip of the iceberg in regards to the advantages that the inclusion of technology has in regards to the content of English Language Arts. As presented through the article “How to Teach with Technology: Language Arts” on Edutopia more in depth ways of showcasing one’s learning and creative talents are explored through products such as video dialogues about a character of study, a narrated photo story, or a song about a concept created through Garage Band. Building upon these opportunities is the ever growing world in which our students can enter to gather, share, and build upon their ideas, perceptions, and perspectives through the use of technology. With programs such as Skype students can enter a world of global brainstorming. Google talk can help foster the collaboration and creation process among peers, while Voicethread could aide those who tend to process their ideas verbally.
The relative advantages for using technology within the content area of English Language Arts is truly endless. The key is for the instructor to do so with purpose and aide students in understanding how the technology enhances their experience and can be used moving forward in regards to their 21st century skills.
Bernard, S. (2009, May 27). How to Teach with Technology: Language Arts. Retrieved April 03, 2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-language-arts-lessons