Watching kids learn to read was once easier. You tested basic reading and looked for signs they are growing. Follow the materials, watch as they hit the library and have books and magazines now in front of them. The more they grab, the more they are growing in the subject. Just look at the pile mounding up. Discuss the content and read together from time to time. This oversimplifies, but it is harder in ways to see growth in digital literacy. Reading an iPad or tablet, you do not see piles of books, they have to extract everything all from one space. They have a digital universe to explore, are they ready?
Two kids might be reading the same online book. To watch them, how do you know which one is clicking the hyperlinks to see additional content and word definitions. As they spend time in the tablet, who is building the skills to share content, create content, search for content via effective keywords, who is making the youtube video in their heads taking the content to new digital lives? What are we hoping our kids to become as they learn to read, in all our platforms of today.
Digital literacy is to be able to find and consume content, to create content across all platforms, and to be able to share content and repurpose it. Reading a PDF is not interacting with the digital universe. Being able to read a page online but not find it from a search engine, share it, copy and paste the data, find additional data from links, interact with the content via audio and video -- it is like reading an old book repurposed from the output of a copier. Having complete digital literacy growing with your kids as they learn to read will open this whole world for them.
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