Using Community Outreach to Build Children’s Resiliency and Critical Literacy through Digital Tools

Maddigan, Beth and Burke, Anne Michelle (2014) Using Community Outreach to Build Children’s Resiliency and Critical Literacy through Digital Tools. Research Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Grade three students used tablet computers with a pre-selected series of applications over a seven-month period at school and through a community afterschool program. The study determined that these students benefited from differentiated learning in the school environment and online collaborative play in the afterschool centre. Benefits of the exposure to digital tools included: intergenerational learning as children assisted both parents and teachers with digital applications; problem-solving; and enhanced collaborative play for students across environments. Although this study makes a contribution to the field of digital literacy and young learners, the researchers conclude further investigation is warranted, in regards to the inter-relationships between home, school and community as spaces for the learning and teaching of digital technologies.

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
Item ID: 12122
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 23-24).
Keywords: community outreach, digital tools, critical literacy
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 26 August 2014
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Computer-assisted instruction--Newfoundland and Labrador Computer literacy--Study and teaching (Primary)--Newfoundland and Labrador, Internet literacy--Study and teaching (Primary)--Newfoundland and Labrador. Digital media--Study and teaching (Primary)--Newfoundland and Labrador. Educational technology--Newfoundland and Labrador. Computers and children--Newfoundland and Labrador. Tablet computers--Newfoundland and Labrador. Play--Newfoundland and Labrador.
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