Monday, March 12, 2012

Slice 2012 12 of 31 Digital Reading

I was about to jump into bed when I remembered how much I wanted to keep my goal for writing each day.  I could go through my list of things that kept my husband and I in the car or at activities all night but you already know how that goes, we all get busy.  So, I thought I would just share something I listened to last week that helped me think about the importance of exposing our students to opportunities for digital reading.

Dr. Julie Cairo is a researcher at the University of Rhode Island and has studied online reading comprehension with  upper elementary and middle school learners learners.  She has found that with so many choices online that careful reading is lost.  She also mentions that offline readers aren't sure how to tackle multiple texts in different places.  Her big point in this pod cast is that we need to teach kids to stop think about cues, predict, infer and make meaningful choices.

  How can we help support students who are and will be online readers in their futures?


GirlGriot said...

I worry about the loss of careful reading, too. I see/hear it happening all the time. One way I tried to push my students to stop and think about the things they read online or heard for a fleeting moment on the news was simply to stop and talk with them about the things they were seeing and hearing, to pick and bring a set of other readings that covered the same story from different sides to help them begin to process the fact of more than one way of reading/seeing a story. It didn't always work, but sometimes it worked quite well. I'm not in the classroom these days, but would still love to learn ways to support our online-reader students.

josie said...

You have really raised my awareness of this topic - and true concern. Thank you Katie.

Maria said...

Thank you for posting this because I have wondered about on line reading. I know from my own students research-they write the facts but don't have an "overview" of the article. Great post and link.

Ruth Ayres said...

A tiny, but powerful slice. Thanks for still slicing, even after forgetting. :)