There is no research-based text that provides a model for teaching and learning in a virtual environment with literacy learners. Therefore, this book will focus on preparing challenging students to be successful independent learners for the twenty first century. This will involve one where students are constructing their own meaning not only within the traditional brick and mortar environment with the assistant of the classroom teacher, but also in an online environment scaffolded by a virtual tutor. Today, virtual environments are a common alternative space for students in K-12 to engage in meaningful online literacy learning with their tutors (Boxie, 2004; Hurst, 2007; Williams & Casale, 2015; Witte, 2007).
Paula Saine, PhD, is Professor of Teacher Education at Miami University in Ohio where she teaches courses in literacy and technology. She is an internationally recognized leader and expert. Her research centers primarily on three important and interrelated principles that include: literacy, cultural competence, and the use of digital technologies in K-12. Together, they shape her research on fostering interactive literacy learning through innovative approaches that equip practicing and current teachers for an ever-changing society.