The boys in my class would like their books to have all of the sound effects...
Preaching to the choir here, but we need to embrace the media--your McLuhan reference--as it IS shaping the medium. The students I have don't view it as the "mess age", and are very open to the message.
The "Me Read? No Way!" article that was reference earlier this week...I think it was this week!...has a lot of well-summarized material about the importance of using media to reach readers--especially those who do not view themselves as readers. I passed it on to my headmaster...fingers crossed!
Yeah, this is tricky water - I can't wait to check out that NPR interview. I put it on my iPhone playlist (the new NPR app is INCREDIBLE). I just like to keep my fav. David Buckingham quote in mind:
Despite the fact that children’s brains have not adapted sufficiently over thousands of years to enable all of them to read and write, it appears that, within the space of one generation, technology has brought about fundamental evolutionary changes that are making children unrecognizable even to even their own parents. Children apparently have been reprogramming their brains to accommodate the speed, interactivity and non-linear structures of computer games (Prensky, 2006 as cited in Buckingham) – and this has resulted in physical differences in the organizations of their brains.
I know all the teachers that are being pushed to embrace technology are going to love this! Thanks for the sharing! Reminds me of the humor about the monks learning to read a book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
I am still into books. I have an iPad but holding it and reading literature just isn't the same. Maybe in a few years my view will change. I would though like to know how do early readers track their fingers across the digital book while reading without highlighting a bunch of text or turning on some dictionary app?