Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


READ 541: Using the Internet in Literacy Instruction, Gr 1-12 (3 cr)

Winter 2005, 2006
Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Summer 2013

Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Western Oregon University

Learners will explore use of the Internet and other computer technologies to increase effective literacy teaching and learning. Learners will develop multiple strategies for students in grades K-12 that will enable them to structure and guide small group projects and independent content area learning and recognize the advantages and limits of electronically mediated learning.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course.
Readings from textbook and Internet with postings to discussion board; Internet-based research; creation of Internet-based assignments for K-12 students, including culminating creation of WebQuest for your students.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals:
2.1 Candidates use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
2.2 Candidates use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3 Candidates use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
4.2 Candidates use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students' knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
5.1 Candidates design the physical environment to optimize students' use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction.
Learners will discover new ways to use the Internet in their literacy programs and will design various Internet-based assignments to be used with their Gr 1-12 students
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 core credits in the Literacy Strategies and Methods thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Bonnie Morihara, Assistant Professor, The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University. Fifteen years as an elementary school teacher, 5 years developing materials and teaching English for Business Purposes, 5 years teaching university courses, and 4 years in the OUS Chancellor's Office working on distance education and teacher education initiatives. (B.A., University of Michigan; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Oregon State University)
Grade 2 through high school teachers who wish to learn strategies to incorporate Internet-based learning more effectively into literacy and content curriculum.
Students should expect to spend 15 hours per week for 6 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports/papers and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK No textbook is required for this course; assigned readings will either be posted within Moodle or will be available online.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Bonnie Morihara.

For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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