Digital Reading

  • Title:Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8
  • Author:Franki Sibberson, William Bass
  • Publication Date:May 2015
  • Grade Level:3-8
  • ISBN:9780814111574
  • Publisher:NCTE

Many of our young students come to school with vast experience in the digital world but too often use digital tools in limited ways because they view technology as merely another form of entertainment. Educators William L. Bass II and Franki Sibberson believe that teachers can help students recognize their expertise in out-of-school digital reading and extend it into the world of school. For this to happen, we need to redefine reading to include digital reading and texts, learn how to support digital reading in the classroom, and embed digital tools throughout the elementary and middle school curriculum.

Bass, a technology coordinator, and Sibberson, a third-grade teacher, invite us to consider what is essential in integrating technology into the classroom, focusing especially on authenticity, intentionality, and connectedness. They explore the experiences readers must have in order to navigate the digital texts they will encounter, as well as the kinds of lessons we must develop to enhance those experiences. Always advocating for sound literacy practice and drawing on the NCTE Policy Research Brief Reading Instruction for All Students, they lead from experience—both theirs and that of other classroom teachers, grades 3–8.


Author Bio

Franki Sibberson currently teaches third graders in Dublin, Ohio She has worked in elementary schools for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Support Teacher, a curriculum support teacher and a school librarian. She blogs regularly at A Year of Reading ( and she is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.

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