Conley Elementary Teacher Published in “Reading Teacher”

Ryan Schaefer, a fifth-grade teacher at Conley Elementary School, had an article published in The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Literacy Association.

The essay, titled “Fostering a Love of Reading in the Electronic Age,” discusses the positive outcomes of the 1:1 Initiative that has equipped every student in his class with a tablet device.

At first, he was nervous about the effect the devices would have on students’ interest in reading and classroom activities.

“A part of me was also a little skeptical about whether these tablets would positively impact my students’ learning,” he writes.

However, through professional development, consultation with other teachers, and some unexpected discoveries, Schaefer discovered that the devices not only opened up many new learning opportunities within the classroom, but also increased students’ passion for reading.

“Have there been bumps in the road? Yes. Have there been times when the technology failed? Absolutely!” he writes. “But overall, having the tablets in my classroom has been a worthwhile and rewarding experience.”

The full essay can be accessed from WileyOnline