“Literacy represents a person’sability to read, write, and solveproblems using both spoken andwritten language. Digital literacy is What is digital literacy?the ability to apply those same skillsusing technology such as desktopcomputers, ebook readers andsmartphones.” Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers diglitNY.org
Digital Literacy PrinciplesCritical ThinkingCreativity and InnovationCommunication and CollaborationTechnology Usage for Personal DevelopmentDigital Citizenship and Ethics Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers diglitNY.org
≠ Digital literacy ≠ Print literacy Digital literacy ≠ Technology literacy But you can’t be digitally literate without either! You can’t use an ebook without being digitally literacy.
Statistics: Pew Internet & American Life (September 2012)45% of Americans own smartphones66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones68% of those living in households earning $75,000 own them http://www.flickr.com/photos/intelfreepress/8389435615/
Statistics: Pew Internet & American Life (December 2012)33% owns a device that can be used as an ereader More tablets than ereadersSurge in “ereader” ownership during DecemberMost likely to read e-books include: Those with college or graduate degrees Those who live in households earning > $75,000 Those whose ages fall between 30 and 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpimagery/4564521012/
Reading Habits in Different Communities (Pew, Dec. 2012)“Some 14% of readers read an e-book and aprinted book in the past year. Those book readersin dual platforms were asked which type of bookis better for different reading activities…Generally, urban readers in both formats are morelikely to prefer e-books for many readingactivities, while rural readers who have read inboth formats tend to prefer print.”
Young Americans & Reading (Pew, Oct. 2012)Quotes: Among Americans who read e-books, those under age 30 are more likely to read their e-books on a cell phone (41%) or computer (55%) than on an e- book reader such as a Kindle (23%) or tablet (16%). Many of these young readers do not know they can borrow an e-book from a library, and a majority of them express the wish they could do so on pre-loaded e-readers.
More StatisticsIn 2010, the US ranked 15th out of the top 31 countries in terms of broadband penetration. [a]Top 40 books read by high school students are at a 5 th grade reading level (average). [b]“More than 50% of students entering two-year colleges & nearly 20% of those entering four -year universities are placed in remedial classes.” [c]
More…At some point everyone will have an ebook reader, but the need for ebooks will continue to growPrices for ebooks are decliningMore authors self-publishing ebooksGrowing number of sites for socially interactive ebook reviewsBrick-n-mortar booksellers are decliningDigital “first sale doctrine” still a problem
What do we dowhen we read?Nicole Henning, Reading on E-Book Devices: the user experience (2010)http://www.slideshare.net/nic221/reading-on-ebook-devices-the-user-experience
OUR CHALLENGE: HOW CAN WE HELP?Let’s play to our strengths.
Provision / Selection of Technology http://www.flickr.com/photos/marusula/8052330432/
Selection of “Materials” http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/8528609655/