PART I: Planning
Chapter 1: What is a Virtual Mentor?
Chapter 2: Selecting Online Materials
PART II: Virtual Engagement of Instructional Practices
Chapter 3: Teaching Phonics and Vocabulary Development using iChat
Chapter 4: Developing Reading Fluency Instruction using iChat
Chapter 5: Promoting Comprehension using Webex
Chapter 6: Making a Cyber Literacy Connection using Email
Chapter 7: Fostering Authentic Writing using Edmodo
Chapter 8: Student Motivation
PART III: Reflecting on the Virtual Experience
Chapter 9: Voices of Virtual Mentors and Mentees
Appendix A: Online Resources
Appendix B: Lesson Reflection Prompts
Appendix C: eMentoring Survey
About the Author
I am delighted to see Dr. Saine’s work on virtual mentoring. While it is easy to become distracted with exciting apps and programs that provide virtual literacy instruction; it is important that our focus is on the best practices of the human being delivering the instruction. Dr. Saine’s research is critical to ensuring that virtual instruction is effective. The potential of high quality virtual literacy instruction, as Dr. Saine details in her path-breaking book, is the wonderful opportunity to deliver effective instruction as well as a practice in social justice- delivering in an equitable manner to children of all locations and socio-economic backgrounds.
Excellent book for teachers, parents, students, and literacy professionals who want to make a difference in reading and writing for all through skillfully orchestrated use of available technology and online tutoring to meet reading needs. Clearly written with relevant research and wonderfully detailed examples of students using well-planned instruction to meet individual needs in various contexts, such as a summer camp context with virtual and human tutoring.
In this book, Professor Saine provides succinct, granular best practices for supporting student engagement in traditional brick and mortar school environments with the assistance of a virtual mentor in an online space. I look forward to implementing this progressive framing of virtual mentoring of students in K-12 literacy instruction as we support learners and educators in current and future literacy practices. This book is sure to have profound impact on the ways in which we communicate, socialize, connect and learn in our classrooms. For this, and more, Professor Saine's book deserves the highest praise.
With its innovative and practical ways of using digital technologies to virtually mentor students, this book can be used by K-12 teachers and preservice teachers to promote literacy development and engagement. The recommended digital resources are excellent options for virtual mentors and are appropriate for the support of a wide range of literacy skills, including phonics, fluency, comprehension, and writing. This is a significant contribution to the field of literacy and technology.