During presentations the comment: So you think we should do away with all physical books? comes up from time to time. When it comes to non-fiction books I believe at the Middle School and High School level we need to start thinking hard about where we spend our money. On non-fiction books that are outdated before theyre checked out, or take that same money, buy devices, show students how to find quality non-fiction up-to-date information on the Internet within their reading level?
Now when it comes to pleasure reading….I don’t care what form the material comes in. Books are great…there is a physical connection that some people have with books and so physical books are great…fill your library up with books kids want to read for fun.
But here’s the thing…no matter where you are in your own transition into a digital reading world we all read more digitally. Emails, Facebook, News, this blog post (unless you printed it off). Just sit back and reflect for a moment how much of your day is reading digital text. Even if you like to read before bed you probably read more online during the day.
Of course this all focused on our generation. A generation that in our childhood and schooling years grew up with book based media. The strategies we were taught, how we read, what we read all goes back to those early years.
When Pennington’s seventh graders took the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts on new Chromebooks last April, Pennington didn’t teach them how to use the test’s annotation feature. Students would have been able to highlight reading passages and take notes on the text to help them answer test questions. He thought it was too complicated for them to learn how to use well in time for the test. ~ Mindshift
This quote is taken out of context a bit as the article is really good and pro digital reading skills. What worries me is that we are testing students using digital means but we’re not teaching them the skills of reading digitally. If we’re going to use testing systems like the Smarter Balanced Assessment that’s fine….but allow teachers and students access to the platform all year long so that they can teach the skill of digital highlighting and note taking so they can be successful. Read more…