<span class='p-name'>Four Questions for Don Leu About Empowering Students as Online Readers/Writers</span>

Four Questions for Don Leu About Empowering Students as Online Readers/Writers

My column on Empowering Learners in the Reader/Writer Nature of the Digital Informational Space was just published in Volume 58, Issue 2 of JAAL. In this column I make the case that educators have the opportunity to empower learners as not only readers, but writers of online information. To do this we need to move students (and ourselves) from content consumers, to content curators, to content construction.

As a supplement to this column I invited five experts to spend some time discussing the broader impact of the details presented. The end result are short video segments of the experts responding to four questions about the implications of this work. Down below you can find the questions and video from one of the sessions.

Four Questions for Don Leu

Don Leu is the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut. Don is also the director of the New Literacies Research Lab.

  • What are the advantages of providing opportunities for students to read and write online texts in the classroom?
  • From your experience and research how effectively are schools providing children with opportunities to authentically and effectively use the Internet in the classroom? 
  • Many people speak of a digital divide. Do you see differences in achievement for students using the Internet in schools based on social, cultural, or economic groups?
  • Your piece on “Literacy as deixis on the Internet” motivated my career as an academic. As things change in literacy and technology, how do we prepare and support teachers?


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