In an article by the Smithsonian, author Kevin Kelly talks about reading in the digital age. He makes a good point when he says that the digital screen is the biggest thing to hit reading since Guttenberg’s invention of the printing press in 1440. He talks about how screen reading involves more than using your eyes. It includes engaging our bodies through interaction with a mouse or touch screen. He adds that portable screens (like the iPod touch, the iPad and any number of other mobile devices are becoming more and more prominent.)
Are you teaching reading in a way that makes sense in the 21st century?
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.