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The Teacher Tip

Teach Students to Read Digitally

June 6, 2018

Adapted from Amplify by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke.


Students benefit from explicit instruction in applying navigation and comprehension strategies when reading in a digital format. How might we develop the digital aptitude of our students?


Try this:

·       Dedicate time to web reading. Whether a few times a week or every day, give students time to practice their online reading skills. Alternate between having students choose sites or articles to read and assigning shared texts.

·       Examine your current units of study. Where might you incorporate some Internet resources or reading opportunities? Find at least one article or website that will enrich student’s understanding and diversify their resources.

·       Build on students’ passions and curiosity. Use online reading to follow up on students’ questions and wonderings—those connected to a unit of study or a book they’ve read or simply a question a student has a burning desire to answer.


Although it’s tempting to label our students “digital natives” and assume they already understand these concepts, it’s clear that kids need support and it’s up to us to explicitly teach and model elements of digital reading.

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