I enjoyed our guest speaker last week, Dr. Joan Rhoades- I felt she really took the role of moderator and let us students do some good ol' fashion debating on digital literacies in the 21st century. One of the more important pieces of our talk however (at least I felt so) was determining how one can go about information synthesizing information (knowing WHAT to pay attention to).
Long gone are the days of going home to a reading assignment that came from a hardback/paperback book with a few follow up questions at the end of the chapter. Classrooms are flipped, lessons are flipped- the internet is integrated into every aspect of education. When I was going through grade school, reading with purpose meant making sure I had adequate lighting and a quiet room for concentration. Today, students are using the internet in addition to their standard texts to gain different viewpoints and perspectives on learning. As mentioned in the Coiro article, students today are long removed from the text bound world their elders came from- new technologies give them far greater power to think independently. How can we teach these students to take in this information without being sucked in by the digital techniques employed by many websites to attract the student's attention? The new school methods of teaching/learning obviously call for fluency strategies that are taught in isolation (offline reading and online reading).