As a member of the this Online Book Club you are expected to post to the book blog at least once per week between now and July 11 -- that's six weeks. You should finish your book before then, and you will meet during the Institute in your groups to extend the discussion and plan how to present the book to the others in the Institute.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Something I kept thinking about as I read the second chapter is the importance of choice by readers of digital text. We often talk about choice in terms of encouraging students to self-select text, but it seems to me that this idea of choice really explodes with digital text. Within one "text" students are faced with a multitude of choices about hyperlinks to follow and different routes to take through the reading. It does seem like Rosenblatt's ideas on reader response and interaction with text to create meaning become much more complex when readers can take their reading of a digital text down different paths. I'm curious about the challenges this creates for the instructor and instruction. If some readers choose not to follow certain hyperlinks, will it become difficult to have whole-class discussions of readings? In theory, students may be reading different texts based upon the paths they select. Actually, as I think about this, I can imagine it leading to richer conversations in class. It would allow students to discuss which links they chose to follow, and they could share the additional information they gathered by following these links. This could also lead to an interesting discussion in class about reading process and how/why they selected to follow certain links but not others.