Rethinking Difference in the iWorld: Possibilities, Challenges and ‘Unexpected Consequences’ of Digital Tools in Literacy Education

Authors

  • Linda Laidlaw University of Alberta
  • Joanne O'Mara Deakin University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20360/G2HC7K

Keywords:

Early literacy, digital literacy, disabilities

Abstract

Within contemporary literacy classrooms, mobile touchscreen devices are occupying a more prominent place. For children who have disabilities or learning differences, such devices can offer increased participation and access and may also provide social capital to users. We share examples of how iPads and iPods were successfully used in classrooms by children who might be categorized as experiencing various challenges, as well as autobiographical examples we have experienced as parents of children with disabilities. Through these illustrations, we examine the possibilities of ‘new tools’ as well as challenges encountered in changing existing literacy practices.

 

Author Biographies

Linda Laidlaw, University of Alberta

Elementary Education

Associate Professor

Joanne O'Mara, Deakin University

School of Education

Senior Lecturer

Published

2015-06-09

How to Cite

Laidlaw, L., & O’Mara, J. (2015). Rethinking Difference in the iWorld: Possibilities, Challenges and ‘Unexpected Consequences’ of Digital Tools in Literacy Education. Language and Literacy, 17(2), 59–74. https://doi.org/10.20360/G2HC7K