Category Archives: Reading responses

Digital Vs. Print

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I found a very interesting article on twitter:

In the article on Galley Cat about how print text books lead to a higher comprehension level than digital textbooks, the author Dianna Dilworth discusses a study done with middle schoolers.

The study done at West Chester University, used middle school students.  Students were given the same reading material, in two different ways, one was in traditional print and the other was an ebook.  The study resulted in, the comprehension level was higher when the students read from traditional print.

This study presented at the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia.  The study showed that the reason the students were not comprehending as much was because there are games and activities that go along with the eBooks.  Most would think that this would help the students understand the material better, but it in fact takes away from the material.

This information makes me think.  Should we be teaching children the most effective ways to read on a ebook? or should we be trying to have them use the traditional print textbooks for as long as possible.  In my opinion we should just start teaching what is going to be the future, and eBooks are the future.  What do you think?

 

Everyone Reads Differently!

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Have you ever noticed that when you read you tend to play with the pages or fold the corners when you want to mark your place?  While reading a blog post called what are your reading habits and quirks? it got me thinking, what are my reading habits? So i sat down and did an experiment.

In order for this to work, so I wasn’t constantly thinking about what i was doing, I decided to read for an hour.  About a half hour into it I noticed that I would constantly just feel the pages, sliding my fingers up and down the page I wasn’t reading from.  I liked the feel of the page, and the fact that I can’t just sit still and read was taken into account.  I also noticed that I always dog ear the page as opposed to using a book mark.  When I read off of my iPad I tend to run my thumb along the side of the iPad as i read.

So I pass the question along, what are your reading habits and quirks?

 

Reading IS social

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While reading Is Reading Antisocial? i couldn’t help but think that reading is a very social thing.  Yes during the act of actually reading you are not talking to anyone.  But reading is social when you are part of a book club, reading the same book with a friend, or even if you are reading different books you can still talk about the book.

Reading is social when a friend asks for a book recommendation and you can tell them which books you liked and give them an idea of what the book is about.  In the article the author Laura Miller says that her and the guy she was dating would sit together and not talk but read.  I believe this is a social interaction.  Yes you are not talking at the moment but you are creating a future conversation.

Another way Miller says that reading IS social, is through an app called Readmill where you can connect with friends and see what they are reading.  With this app you and a friend can read the same book and see where they highlight things and make comments on things.  This app is creating a conversation using technology.  Friends can then later talk about parts they both highlighted or make comments on differing opinions through out the book.

Why aren’t books in high school geared towards girls?

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After reading Mrs. Andersen’s blog post Are Teen Girls Seeing Themselves Reflected in What They Read?  it really made me think back to my time in high school.  While in high school I never really thought about the books we were assigned being either gender neutral or geared towards males, but thinking back almost every book we read was geared towards males.

Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, and 1984, all classics and all either gender neutral or male geared.  Being a girl, no wonder I was so bored with most of the reading in high school.  Even though we had no choice as students what we have to read as part of the curriculum, there needs to be some change to get at least one book geared towards girls.

Now in a college literature class many of the writers we talk about are women.  In college there is more readings geared towards women.  Even though most of the pieces are older I do find it easier to get into the readings and be motivated to finish the readings.  If we had more female geared readings in high school maybe we could get the students more interested in the work.

Technology in Everyday Life

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In my everyday life, I work as a waitress in a small italian restaurant called Cotardos. When I look around at what I see it is unbelievable. When I was a child my mom and step dad would bring me a coloring book and crayons so that I was not bored and to be sure I was well behaved. Now I walk up to a table and the parents have a child with an iPad set up and they are watching T.V. or I walk up to a table of two adults and all I see is the two people on their phones the entire time they are having their meal. According to J.D. Bolter’s book on Writing as a technology,(pdf) “Digital technology is turning out to be one of the more traumatic remediations in the history of Western writing. One reason is that digital technology changes the “look and feel” of writing and reading”(p 24). The idea of new technologies taking over is disappointing in some aspects. The “look and feel” of sitting at a table coloring with my parents is more beneficial to me then the kids these days who get to watch T.V.

On a different note, in another area of my life, I have recently purchased an electronic reader (E-reader). Many people I know say that they would much rather enjoy a book that they can touch and turn the pages in rather then one that they read on an E-reader. This connects back to the idea of the “look and feel” of reading and writing, people reading want to feel the book. Although I am not picky recently I tend to lean toward the E-reader. I also love typing and making things on a computer rather then drawing or handwriting them myself. In a passage from Bolter’s book, Writing space: Computers, Hypertext, and the revolution of print, in Chapter 2 Writing as a Technology, he states “Electronic writing still requires our physical interactions with terrestrial materials-with the keyboard, the mouse, and the computer screen” (p 18). He is saying that even though many people want to have the physical touch of  the book or writing with a pen on paper, Bolter’s saying that typing or creating on a computer can be similar.