Students will need to develop a more extensive array of literacy skills, strategies, and practices to be successful using these new texts and resources in the new millennium.
~Frank Serafini in Reading Workshop 2.0
As we incorporate more technology into our reading workshop, we begin to think about what that means for our students as digital readers. Reading digitally adds a different skill set than reading traditional text. I don’t know about you, but I find it very easy to get lost in clicking links. Before I know it, I’m on a completely different site on a completely different topic, wondering how I got there. There were many times I found my students in the same predicament. Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass remind us in Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3 – 8 that just because our students have grown up in a world where there are numerous digital tools at their fingertips, we can’t assume that they know how and when to use these tools in a purposeful way. It is important to teach them these skills just like we do any other literacy skill. (more…)