Literacy on the Go: How Simple MP3 Technology Can Support Adolescent Readers

By Ginger Malin.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Many experts agree that pleasure reading is one of the major indicators of future academic success. It is assumed that to enjoy a reading experience, a reader is capable of reading and comprehending a text independently. Yet, our school curriculum is often too difficult and frustrating for adolescent readers and thus, ultimately discourages them from gaining pleasure from reading. This paper functions as a review of relevant literature that describes this problem in detail and offers a solution utilizing MP3 technology to support adolescent students to read and understand a text independently as they rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Keywords: Literacy, Adolescents, Technology, Reading Engagement, Study Guides

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.9-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.535MB).

Dr. Ginger Malin

Assistant Professor of Education, Secondary Teacher Education, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA

Ginger Malin is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at DePaul University. As a former High School English Teacher, she brings her expertise and understanding of content area literacy and adolescent learning to both the undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. She is an avid user of technology in her classroom and works with her pre-service teachers to re-think how existing technology can be used to support and inform learners. As a professor, she was recently honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award by DePaul University. Her research interests include reader response theory and practice, content area literacy, digital literacy, technology in teacher education, and book group methodology.