22 Mar Slice of Life: Whose Reading Life Is It? #SOL19 #TWTBlog
Don’t you think real books are better?
Do you really support kids reading on devices?
What about the feel of a book in your hand?
These questions tug at my heart. Yes, I love the feel of a book in my hand. I might even smell a new book since Mr. Schu introduced me to this ritual at a conference I attended. My memories, my disposition, and my reading habits were developed with books in print. I will admit that the feeling of utter joy and contentment with reading comes from holding a book in my hand. But that is my story.
I am not sure I can say that kids don’t get that same feeling from holding a device in their hand. They are developing their own identity as readers, their own relationship with books. In terms of technology, I can’t begin to predict what is possible or what the world will be for these young students. I mean, I would have never predicted nineteen, even ten, years ago that I could wear a watch that could track my son two states away. No joke, I can locate him and yell at him from my wrist. That is crazy!
Here’s the thing, I think we need to open ourselves up to the possibilities and opportunities of technology. I believe kids are in front of screens too much – they need to get outside and have authentic, real interactions with other kids. At the same time, if kids can access books more easily through a device, I have no problem with that. I do not want my schema and bias to influence how kids feel about reading on a device. I have to believe that reading on a device – visually and auditorily – is here to stay. I would rather give up my image of reading than risk the next generation never developing a love of reading.
Yes, I do, but I am not certain I am right.
Yes, I do. They have them, they like them, and they can easily access books on them if I teach them how.
I think a feeling of joy and connection with reading comes from memories of the experience. I don’t believe the material, paper vs.
The world is changing. We need to do everything we can to keep the joy of reading alive and well in a world we have yet to even imagine. Just think … I can listen to a book on my watch too!
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