Ian O'Byrne & Beth Dichter

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What is the essence of New Literacies?

In essence New Literacies examines much more than simply using digital tools. It is an examination of how digital tools allow us to express a sense of agency while negotiating meaning within different social contexts.



What are the new literacies of online reading comprehension?

The new literacies of online reading comprehension allow students to use the Internet and other ICT (information and communication technology) to identify important problems, locate information, evaluate the usefulness of that information, synthesize information to solve problems, and communicate the solutions to others (Leu,Kinzer, Coiro & Cammack, 2004).


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How do the new literacies of online reading comprehension align with the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks?








Locate Evaluate Synthesize

How do I embed online reading comprehension into my content area classroom?


Internet Reciprocal Teaching

American Revolution Webquest

Making History: A Guided Exploration of Historical Inquiry - This is a book that CAST published through their UDL Book Builder. The free online tool enables

educators to develop their own digital books to support reading instruction for children aged 3 & up. Teachers may create, edit, and save resource-rich texts.

How do I measure knowledge gains?

Internet Inquiry in Social Studies

Internet Inquiry in Language Arts


Required Readings (for Graduate Credit)

Coiro, J. (2011). Talking about reading: Modeling the hidden complexities of online reading comprehension. Theory Into Practice, 50(2), 107-115.
Download for personal use only.

Leu, D. J., O’Byrne, W. I., Zawilinski, L. McVerry, J. G., & Everett-Cacopardo, H. (2009). Expanding the New Literacies Conversation. Educational Researcher, 38(4), 264-269. Download for personal use only

McVerry, J.G., Zawilinski, L., & O'Byrne, W. I. (2009). Internet Reciprocal Teaching: Navigating the C's of change. Educational Leadership. Retrieved from here.



Suggested Reading

Why More Schools Aren't Teaching Digital Literacy - by Alan November and Brian Mull


Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense - by Alan November and Brian Mull



"Digital Literacy" Will Never Replace the Traditional Kind. By Annie Murphy Paul

McVerry, J. G. (in press). TPACK and the new literacies of online reading comprehension. In S. Kadjer & C. Young (Eds.), Research in ELA and technology: An edited collection. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Download for personal use only.

McVerry, J.G., Zawilinski, L., & O'Byrne, W. I. (2009). Internet Reciprocal Teaching: Navigating the C's of change. Educational
Leadership. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from
http://ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/sept09/vol67/num01/Navigating_the_Cs_of_Change.aspx