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Literacy and Technology

Venue: Tufts University and MIT
By Enrollment Only

Lecture: Th 3pm-5pm
CRLR Conference Room- Miller Hall (North Wing-Tufts)
Lab: Wed 10-noon, E14-493 (MIT)
Instructor: Prof. Maryanne Wolf
with Stephanie Gottwald and Tinsley Galyean

We are pioneering a project-based seminar in which students will design, develop, and pilot digital media to support reading acquisition for young, at-risk children around the world (e.g., Africa, India, and the US). Students will be expected to learn theoretical aspects of language and reading development alongside basic app design principles that will be sufficient for them to help develop the specs for one app that has the potential to be developed further and ultimately taken into the field. The issues around apps proving positive opportunities for character development and ethical learning will be an important dimension of the course,  and students will be asked  to include such learning into their app designs as a secondary learning objective.