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What Are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online? A Survey of Upper Elementary Students' Digital Reading, Writing, and Communication (July 2016) by Amy C. Hutchison, Lindsay Woodward, and Jamie Colwell 

This 8-page brief was excerpted from a Reading Research Quarterly article by Hutchison et al.

Recommendations for teachers based on their findings include: 

  • Provide students opportunities to participate in online activities in which they provide information or create content.
  • Provide students with social media experience in school settings.
  • Begin instruction in Internet navigation, reading, and writing in earlier grades.
  • Help students become informed and critical consumers of online images and videos.
  • Encourage girls to see themselves as more capable technology users.
  • Use digital technology to get male students more interested in reading.