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ARTICLE: Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

ARTICLE: Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally
Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper. Devin Hess sympathizes with educators’ concerns, but believes digital reading is here to stay and teachers have a duty to equip students to engage with digital texts in meaningful ways. Hess was a middle school social studies teacher and early tech adopter in his classroom. Now he works with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project training social studies teachers on deep reading strategies. “I don’t believe technology should ever be taught separately,” Hess said.

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ARTICLE: Being a Better Online Reader - New Yorker Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. Nick Earls successfully takes on dark art of digital publishing with novella experiment Posted Brisbane author Nick Earls says his multi-platform experiment, publishing five novellas in five months, seems to have proved a risk worth taking. With the help of boutique Australian publisher Inkerman and Blunt, Earls this year released the novellas simultaneously in print, as ebooks and as audiobooks — embracing online publishing in a way most traditional publishers have scrupulously avoided until now. The plan was especially risky because novellas have historically been shunned by mainstream publishing.

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Private online research & discussion using groups Hypothesis is a free, open source annotation tool that can be used to build a peer review layer for the Internet. In your classroom, you could imagine individual students annotating and marking up a text or website as they read. Each student would mark up their copy of the text, and then possibly meet as a group later to discuss the activity. Imagine the possibilities if you could have the class read and annotate together in the same document.

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Express 9.13 - Teaching Students to Read like Historians Teaching Students to Read like Historians Deni Basaraba, Gina Biancarosa, Sarah Carlson, and Lina Shanley Research indicates a significant gap between what it means to read like a historian and the way students typically read historical texts (Shanahan, 2012). Unless explicitly taught to do otherwise, students will perceive history as a series of isolated facts, engage in reading history texts as a fact-finding mission, and read and believe that all forms of printed information describing a particular event have the same degree of fidelity (De la Paz, Morales, & Winston, 2007). Students that go down this narrow path of understanding may harbor misconceptions that interfere with future comprehension. However, several instructional strategies can help redirect students away from misinterpretation and toward reading like a historian.