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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The benefits of digital journaling | SmartBrief

"Tips for using digital journals to boost reading comprehension" reports Francesca Perrone-Britt, fifth-grade teacher at Mort Elementary School in the Hillsborough County Public School district of Tampa, Florida. She can be reached at
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Journaling is a great way to measure students’ reading comprehension. When I first began teaching seven years ago, I had students record their thoughts about what they read in traditional composition books. It was simple and effective.

We recently transitioned to a digital format and it’s been a positive experience. Our school uses digital-library software myON for reading and journaling. Here are the benefits I’ve seen:

More meaningful responses
Today’s students are digital natives. They grew up with a device in their hands. As such, when they record their reflections in their journals, they are comfortable and their responses are more thoughtful and meaningful.

Personalized goals
My class and I use the dashboard in myON to make groups based on the students’ literacy goals. Those who wish to focus on reading fluency or vocabulary can personalize their project to reflect that and emphasize those skills in their journal responses.

Source: SmartBrief