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Friday, August 3 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Paper Panel: Reading in the Digital Age

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From Connected Learning to Connected Reading: Understanding What, Where, and How Teens Read
Kristen Turner

In a digital age texts are available in multiple formats and across various technologies. Readers must make choices about what, where, and how to read. Teens, in particular, have embraced digital tools, yet we do not know much about their reading practices. This study explored the reading lives of adolescents through a survey of 804 students and 23 in-depth interviews. Results indicated that teens are Connected Readers - using the practices of encountering, engaging, and evaluating the texts they read - yet they varied in their application of critical reading strategies. This study presents a theory of Connected Reading that draws upon Connected Learning principles to understand the practices of adolescent readers.

Digital Tools for Peer-Based Reading Recommendations: A Case Study of Bookopolis
Cindy Lam, Brigid Barron

Learning to read is a fundamental academic skill that begins developing in early childhood. While there is extensive research on reading development as an individual skill, there is less research on how to nurture motivation and engagement to sustain reading development. In this mixed methods study, I address this gap in the research by investigating two cases studies of classrooms that use an online literacy tool, Bookopolis, to foster enthusiasm for reading in third graders. I investigate questions of 1) what pedagogical choices teachers make to support the uptake of Bookopolis in their classrooms, 2) what Bookopolis features teachers found most useful, 3) how Bookopolis impacted students’ early literacy engagement from the perspective of the teacher, and 4) what are the patterns of peer-to-peer engagement in the classroom. The findings suggest that teacher pedagogy and peer support are central to how Bookopolis is used in the classroom to foster engagement in reading.


Brigid Barron

Professor of Education, Stanford
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Cindy Kim-Ngan Lam

PhD Candidate, Stanford University
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Kristen Turner

Professor and Director of Teacher Education, Drew University

Friday August 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-145 - Lecture Hall, Building E51 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

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