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e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers

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e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers

Grades 9 – 12
Type Journal
Published November 2009
Publisher International Reading Association

 

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Contemporary transformations in digital technologies have prompted a reassessment of what literacy means and what is determined a “text.” Traditionally, text has been perceived as written messages and symbols in the forms of books, magazines, and newspapers. Today, text is recognized as much more than written words or images.

As teachers consider the need to expand the definition of text to keep up with the evolution of digital technologies, they should remember that today's readers are immersed in multimodal experiences and, consequently, have a keen awareness of the possibility of combining modes and media to receive and communicate messages. This awareness results in an urgent need for teachers and researchers to address the discrepancy between the types of literacy experiences students encounter at school (paper, pencil, and print texts), and those they practice in their daily lives outside the school environment (Web 2.0). One way to bridge such incongruity is to expand the types of texts students are exposed to and engaged with at school by turning attention to electronic books.

 

Larson, L.C. (2009). e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(3), 255–258.

 

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