New Strategies for New Literacies - Digital Strategy Backpack Samplers

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Shufang Shi Strause
Nance Wilson


The skills and strategies of effective communication are at the heart of literacy teaching and learning; engaging with digital technologies to communicate puts new demands on teachers and students. The communication tools of the 21st century require a rethinking of our 19th century educational approach to fully integrate digital tools into the classroom.  We must help pre-service teachers learn how to leverage technology to build students’ communication skills across the curriculum. The authors describe two different Digital Strategy Backpacks that were integrated into a pre-service teacher education instructional technology class.  The backpacks illustrate how learners apply communication skills and strategies with a range of technologies.  The authors acknowledge that the Digital Strategy Backpacks are just a taste of this technique, however, we contend that they demonstrate how teachers and teacher educators can put communication goals at the front and center of teaching with technology.

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Strause, S., & Wilson, N. (2018). New Strategies for New Literacies - Digital Strategy Backpack Samplers. Journal of Teaching and Learning With Technology, 7(1), 1-24.
Author Biographies

Shufang Shi Strause, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland)

Dr. Shufang Shi Strause is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Technology in Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department at the State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland). Previously she was an Associate Professor of English/ESL in the English Department of Science & Technology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where she received her MA in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Michigan State University in 2005. She teachers face-to-face, online, and blended undergraduate and graduate courses, targeted to pre-service and in-service educators. A teacher scholar, her teaching and research go hand-in-hand. She is a prolific author of books, book chapters and journal articles in the field of educational technology, teacher training, and international education. She has received multiple research grants and frequently presents at local, national and international conferences. (135 words)

Nance Wilson, Literacy Department, State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland)

Dr. Nance S. Wilson is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Literacy Department at State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland).  She is a graduate of New York University with a BS in Elementary Education and Secondary Education Social Studies.  She received her M.Ed. in Literacy from the University of Central Florida and her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her research focuses on professional development, new literacies, comprehension, and adolescent literacy (specifically disciplinary literacy). Her work has been published in Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading Education, AMLE Magazine, Middle School Journal, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Horizons, Literacy, Metacognition and Learning, California Reader, Florida Educational Leadership Journal, and Florida Association of Teacher Educators among others. She serves in several editorial roles, including Literacy, Research, and Instruction, Voices from the Middle, The ALAN Review, Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Reading Difficulties and Reading in the Middle. She also served in leadership positions in the American Reading Forum, the Middle School Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, and New York State’s Essential Elements-Schools to Watch leadership team. (191 words)