National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Journal Features Ponder

We are honored to be featured in Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner and Dr. Troy Hicks’ piece in the NCTE’s November 2015 English Journal (Vol. 105, No. 2) entitled “Connected Reading Is the Heart of Research.”

The piece introduces a framework for teaching adolescents to read, but it also advocates a more thoughtful approach to the application of technology in the English classroom through an introspective exploration of what it means to be digitally literate.


“We must advocate for digital literacy, not just technology, in a way that reconceptualizes our discipline.”

A sample Ponder lesson walk-through in the piece explains how the collaborative annotation experience supports shared inquiry during research for an essay, and how Ponder’s interface speeds the teacher’s review of student activity, allowing them to better lead class discussion.

Both former K-12 English teachers, Dr. Turner is a professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University where she directs the Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative, and Dr. Hicks is a professor of English Language & Literature at Central Michigan University where he directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project.

Also check out their 2015 book Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World.