Cutting to the Common Core: The Positive Side of the Digital Divide

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In this article published in Language magazine, the authors suggest that teachers draw upon digital text, also known as "etext," to differentiate language instruction to meet students' diverse needs. They discuss four clear benefits to using etext, in addition to hearing the text read aloud—the ability to mark text, enhance the content, annotate the text, and draw upon embedded agents and tutors—and describe each of these features. They also provide a detailed classroom vignette that shows "differentiation in action" and share a free resource, PowerUp What Works—developed by EDC in collaboration with AIR and CAST—that offers further support in differentiating English language arts and mathematics instruction and alligning instruction with the Common Core State Standards.


Judith Zorfass, Tracy Gray

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