Literacy and digital technology

Boy and girl with technology tablet reading

We live in a digital age. The influx of new technologies and digital platforms is transforming the way that children and young people access reading material, with digital reading becoming an increasingly important part of children’s literacy lives.

It's also a polarising topic. Concerns about screen time and the negative effects of technology on mental health and education dominate media headlines.

Through our research, we're exploring digital technology and its impact on literacy. We've been looking into topics like how many children read digitally compared to in print, the technology teachers are using in the classroom and their digital literacy skills, and digital technology in the early years.

Our digital research

Our digital work

  • Small Talk young girl playing

    Small Talk

    A website full of simple activities, videos and tips for parents of children aged 0-5.
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  • Early years tech apps

    Literacy Apps

    LiteracyApps is our guide for parents to help young children get the most out of apps.
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    We help pupils navigate the often-confusing world of digital news.
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Useful digital resources

  • early years tablet

    Digital technology and the early years

    Technology can play a useful role in supporting early communication, language and literacy.
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    Fake news and critical literacy resources

    Resources, posters and tips to teach children about fake news, and give them the critical literacy skills they need to navigate our digital world.
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  • Simon Mole poet in classroom

    Simon Mole: digital poet in residence

    Use these videos and lessons plans to bring a professional poet into your classroom for a whole week.
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