This week, we have been looking at the topic of digital literacy - a topic, I have found, that encompasses a wide range of opinions and schools of thought.
Why are students standardized test scores on the decline? Well, some are pointing fingers at students lack of reading linear materials, such as a book, cover to cover (and for pleasure! Gasp!). I tend to think there might be something to this theory, but why not adapt the standardized tests to be better suited to what students ARE reading (because isn't the fact that they are reading something count for anything?!?!)? Non-linear reading, or reading information online, has its benefits for today's students. There is an interaction where students discover different points of view, learn the skills to locate information quickly, evaluate that information, and collaborate with others. There is no clear beginning, middle or end to the topic, but is that a bad thing?
I am not in any way discounting the importance of linear reading - getting students involved in each is key to developing 21st century learning skills. Teachers and librarians can incorporate both into exciting lessons - why not have students read a "traditional" book, and then go online to learn more about the author, write and read student reviews, or discover more about the particular setting or time period online.
My fellow librarians in training - any ideas in incorporating both skills?