Hey y’all! This is somewhat bittersweet as this is the last blog I will be posting for my digital literacy class! I have had so much fun through the course of this class and I really believe it has helped me to become a better learner overall! Thank you for following me on this journey, and while this may be my last post for this class, I have been looking into having a classroom blog when I’m a teacher because I enjoy this platform so much! I definitely think it is an option I want to try out when I do have my own classroom. 🙂
Now to the actual topic of this blog: Reading in the Digital Age! I chose this as my last “A” assignment because I absolutely LOVE reading! I believe reading is a central aspect to being a successful learner.
I read several articles regarding this topic, the first being Reading in a Digital Age. It’s crazy to me how many students have never read a magazine or newspaper. Something that really stood out to me in this article was the argument “contemplative thought is endangered.” It seems with the rise of technology we are moving more and more away from reading in print form. I have noticed how dangerous this can be. I especially think we can fall into a hole where we read one article after another that all hold the same view.
The next article I read was The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. Have you ever accidentally tried to zoom on a piece of paper with your fingers like you do on a tablet? Well, I’ll admit that I have! One of the biggest points in this article was that the reader is somewhat unable to map the journey in their minds. This is actually one of my greatest quarrels with reading in technology form. I hate ebooks. I can’t stand them. I love feeling the books I read and filling them with sticky notes! This article makes clear that there is a difference between reading in print form and technology form. Personally, I think it comes down to preference. My older brother loves reading ebooks on his kindle app, and it is rare to catch him in free moments not on his phone reading. He loves the convenience of the digital format.
The next three articles I read also brought light to some great information on reading in the digital age:
I couldn’t agree more that digital reading is no substitute for print. While, as the article stated digital work may be better for short and to the point information, this isn’t the best way to learn. One of my biggest issues with reading through technology is that it has in a way conditioned me to not want to read something if it appears “too long.” I even find myself thinking this with online reading as brief as social media posts. This is definitely something to take into account when looking toward our future classrooms and making sure we are mindful of the readings we assign.
What are your thoughts on digital reading? Does it belong in the classroom?
Thank you for reading my thoughts and until next time,