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


Those who prefer reading in print talk about the ability to flip pages, write in the margins and that they remember a scene based on where it was located on the page.

Digital reading takes place on a flat screen and the ability to hyperlink to related content makes the experience feel more like stream of consciousness than like a linear reading experience. It takes more self-control to stay focused when reading digitally, a challenge for many students used to quickly navigating around the Web. “It’s an amazing thing, but it also causes a lot of fragmentation,” Hess said.

1) “The goal in almost all the strategies is to slow the kids down so they are focusing on this text,” Hess said.
2) “Number two is to engage them in an active way with the text, and
3) number three you want to encourage oral discourse. And number four you want them to do some reflection.”

Those steps should sound familiar to teachers because they are important for any kind of reading for comprehension and analysis. The trick for teachers is to learn how to transfer these processes into the digital space and push them even further.

“Part of it is getting kids to be thinking about why they are reading something,” Hess said. Often kids will read an entire paragraph, understand all the words in it, but never slow down to make meaning or look for main ideas. This basic reading strategy forces them to do so. Once students can identify the main idea of a reading, the next task is to understand the flow of the ideas and to connect concepts.

Katrina Schwartz

Published inLit Review: Literature ReviewLiterature Review

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