How to Enhance Literacy with ICT Today

Teaching Strategies

By Michael Hilkemeijer

ICT has the potential to support effective literacy learning throughout the curriculum. The most important contributions it makes to literacy learning is that of helping teachers provide students with resources that allow them to focus on the specific learning objectives for a lesson.

Despite this, research has suggested that the extent to which ICT is used effectively in literacy lessons depends on a large extent on the teacher's own capabilities in ICT. Studies have found that where teacher's ICT skills were lacking, there was sometimes only a haphazard development of ICT skills. The most effective lessons which supported the development of literacy through the use of ICT made effective use of the provisionality inherent in ICT.

According to Kennewell et al. (2000), this study also showed that those teachers whose ICT skills were more advanced, were willing to explore teaching approaches that integrate their use of ICT in the spirit of structured literacy teaching.


TPACK Needs of English/Literacy Teachers Today

Using technology effectively for literacy instruction requires you to understand the complex relationships between content, pedagogy and technology or TPACK.

With the arrival of the ‘new literacies’ such as digital literacy and information literacy, it will be important that you are up-to-date about knowing how and when to use ICTs that help guide the development of reading and writing skills in all current digital formats. To implement your TPACK planning, consider how ICT tools enhances and help accomplish the goals and objectives of writing. For example, if you were teaching a lesson about writing stories you could consider having the students use a digital medium, such as a video, audio or presentation software, to tell their stories. Here is what you need to challenge yourself to do:


Content Knowledge

  • Must now think in terms of graphic and visual literacy as well as reading and writing literacy: Students today and the future will need to be proficient in using ICTs that allow them to read and search content in documents. They also need to know how to interpret and produce communication in video and images in addition to text form;
  • Ensure that you are familiar with these new skills.

Pedagogical Knowledge

Acquire new pedagogical knowledge and skills in addition to being able to create new strategies to meet the special needs of an increasingly diverse population.


Technological Knowledge

  • Become proficient in the new ICT tools and resources that both help define literacy in the 21st century. 
  • Make possible strategies to teach these new literacies.


Understanding TPACK and how it relates to primary literacy education requires critical and thoughtful examination of all components and their interaction with each other (Schmidt & Gurbo in Taylor & Francis, 2008). 

Our professional development experience provides you with the opportunity to observe, participate and reflect upon what you will teach, how you will teach it, and how technology might be used to enhance and expand primary literacy learning in your classroom today.


TPACK teaching strategies

Figure 1. English-technology pedagogical content knowledge (Hughes, 2000 as cited in Taylor & Francis, 2008, p89)



Why Enrol in our literacy courses for teachers?

You will will learn how to enhance the development of literacy in the classroom by implementing sound literacy-ICT teaching strategies based on on efficient assessment methods and supporting the integration of ICT tools made by informed decisions and choice.

By enrolling in this course, you will be able to:

  • Boost your TPACK skills in literacy teaching;
  • Assess the use of ICT in literacy lessons;
  • Employ sound ICT teaching strategies;
  • Provide an inclusive literacy-ICT learning environment;
  • Develop meaning literacy-ICT activities;
  • Implement strategies that will ensure that everyone learns from the English/literacy curriculum;
  • Improve your teaching and learning with ICT and;
  • Enhance the learning of literacy with ICT throughout the curriculum.

Completing this course will contribute to 8 hours of PD towards addressing 2.5.2, 2.6.2 and 3.42 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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