1st Edition

Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction

Edited By Scott A. Crossley, Danielle S. McNamara Copyright 2017
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    While current educational technologies have the potential to fundamentally enhance literacy education, many of these tools remain unknown to or unused by today’s practitioners due to a lack of access and support. Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction presents actionable information to educators, administrators, and researchers about available educational technologies that provide adaptive, personalized literacy instruction to students of all ages. These accessible, comprehensive chapters, written by leading researchers who have developed systems and strategies for classrooms, introduce effective technologies for reading comprehension and writing skills.


    1. Educational Technologies and Literacy Development by Scott A. Crossley and Danielle S. McNamara
    2. Challenges and Solutions when Using Technologies in the Classroom by Amy M. Johnson, Matthew E. Jacovina, Devin G. Russell, and Christian M. Soto
    3. Section I: Reading and Comprehension Technologies for the Classroom

    4. Assessment-to-Instruction (A2i)-An Online Platform for Supporting Individualized Early Literacy Instruction by Sarah W. Ingebrand and Carol McDonald Connor
    5. Common Core TERA: Text Ease and Readability Assessor by G. Tanner Jackson, Laura K. Allen, and Danielle S. McNamara
    6. Dynamic Support of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition for Reading (DSCoVAR): An Intelligent Tutor for Contextual Word Learning by Gwen A. Frishkoff, Kevyn Collins-Thompson, SungJin Nam, Leslie Hodges, and Scott A. Crossley
    7. Intelligent Tutoring of the Structure Strategy: A Reading Strategy Tutor by Bonnie J. F. Meyer and Kausalai K. Wijekumar
    8. iSTART-2: A Reading Comprehension and Strategy Instruction Tutor by Erica L. Snow, Matthew E. Jacovina, G. Tanner Jackson, and Danielle S. McNamara
    9. TuinLEC: An Intelligent Tutoring System to Teach Task-Oriented Reading Skills to Young Adolescents by Eduardo Vidal-Abarca, Maria-Ángeles Serrano, Luis Ramos, Laura Gil, and Antonio Ferrer
    10. Section II: Writing Technologies for the Classroom

    11. Commercialized Writing Systems by Laura K. Allen and Cecile A. Perret
    12. The Criterion® Online Writing Evaluation Service by Chaitanya Ramineni and Paul Deane
    13. We-Write: A Web-Based Intelligent Tutor for Supporting Elementary Classroom Teachers in Persuasive Writing Instruction by Kausalai K. Wijekumar, Karen R. Harris, Steve Graham, and Bonnie J. F. Meyer
    14. The Writing Pal: A Writing Strategy Tutor by Scott A. Crossley, Laura K. Allen, and Danielle S. McNamara
    15. Computer-Assisted Research Writing in the Disciplines by Elena Cotos
    16. Writing to Learn and Learning to Write through SWoRD by Christian Schunn
    17. Section III: Future Technologies for the Classroom

    18. Project LISTEN’s Reading Tutor by Jack Mostow
    19. EMBRACEing Dual Language Learners by Arthur M. Glenberg, Erin A. Walker, and M. Adelaida Restrepo
    20. The Language Muse Activity Palette: Technology for Promoting Improved Content Comprehension for English Language Learners by Jill Burstein and John Sabatini
    21. The Reading Strategy Assessment Tool: A Computer-Based Approach for Evaluation Comprehension Processes during Reading by Joseph P. Magliano, Melissa Ray, and Keith K. Millis
    22. Reading Comprehension Lessons in AutoTutor for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy by Arthur C. Graesser, Zhiqiang Cai, Whitney O. Baer, Andrew M. Olney, Xiangen Hu, Megan Reed, and Daphne Greenberg
    23. Udio: Rich and Authentic Literacy Experiences for Struggling Middle School Readers by Alyssa R. Boucher, Miriam Evans, and Steve Graham

    About the Authors



    Scott A. Crossley is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University, USA.

    Danielle S. McNamara is Professor in Cognitive and Learning Sciences and ISTL Senior Investigator at Arizona State University, USA.

    "This book unquestionably achieves Crossley and McNamara’s goal of providing an invaluable resource for all those invested in improving the literacy skills of K-12 students and adults with reading and writing needs. The contributors—a virtual who’s-who in literacy and technology research—demonstrate not only the feasibility and utility of their tested technological systems, but also the many benefits accrued from their implementation. In light of the ever-expanding diversity in classrooms, the increasing assessment pressures on educators, and the growing demand for specialized technology knowledge, the information captured in this book is unparalleled. Every school administrator, every educational technologist, and every literacy researcher should learn from the critical information it conveys."

    --Patricia A. Alexander, Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy and Director of the Disciplined Reading and Learning Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, USA

    "Adaptive Educational Technologies for Literacy Instruction is an exciting resource for anyone wishing to make informed decisions about technology supports for reading and writing. The book identifies deliberate practice, individualized feedback, and strategy training as key components of literacy instruction. By describing the most promising current and emerging technologies this book will help teachers, decision makers, and researchers take advantage of technology for literacy instruction."

    --Marcia C. Linn, Professor of Development and Cognition in the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA