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Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Hi Jerome. I think we have to

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Hi Jerome.

I think we have to keep in mind two things: what do we want our students to do and what will help our students best connect with the content.

For some students, the tools available with digital text transforms the process for them and allows them to better connect with the content. For others, an eBook could be a distraction or detriment.

I think it gets really interesting in that students now have choice.

Food for thought.
Beth

Instructor of St.John's Institute

I feel with the use of

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I feel with the use of technology we will find change in every field. So its but natural that this change is also expect able.Although i agree that this system do have its advantages and disadvantages . I would prefer much that students should read through the use of books rather than e-books but I also feel that with the use of such gadgets in studies students are able to concentrate more.

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Hi Whitney, You make some

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Hi Whitney,

You make some excellent points. While I certainly can't answer your question about how this can be implemented in all K-12 classrooms, I can at least give an example from one. Liz Paushter (@epaush) wrote an excellent post recently about her first foray into collaborative reading with Subtext - http://teachermeetstechie.com/2013/12/12/with-subtext-the-classroom-is-b...

As technology becomes more readily available for all students, hopefully more classrooms will have the opportunity to explore its impact on collaborative reading.

Beth

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

This is a great break down of

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This is a great break down of reading, but I think we have to add the differences between academic reading and pleasure reading, and the merging of the two in school as well.

For example, a teacher might ask a child to pick a book to read "for pleasure," but the student is then required to write, analyze, discuss, report, etc. on this book for other audiences, taking some of the "pleasure" out of pleasure reading.

I'm trying to make sure my high school student understands active reading- taking notes as he goes through books he has to read for school, whether it's a novel or a text book. Annotation is made so much easier, and indexable in iBooks and on a Kindle (although iBooks highlighting feature is the best in my opinion), and notes could even be taken in google drive and shared in a group or through evernote. The idea of making reading a much more public and sharable act is wonderful, but I wonder how it will truly be implemented in the k-12 classroom, when so much emphasis is still on individual accomplishment in this area than collaboration- as a rule.

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