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Digital Literacy & eBooks: The Grand Challenge


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This presentation was given at the KLA Joint Spring Conference, March 22, 2013

This presentation was given at the KLA Joint Spring Conference, March 22, 2013

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    • 1. Digital Literacy & Ebooks: The Grand Challenge Jill Hurst-Wahl @jill_hw
    • 2. QUICK POLLWhat type of computing device do you use for pleasure?SmartphoneTablet computer/iPadeReaderLaptop computerDesktop computer
    • 4. “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
    • 5. Digital Literacy PrinciplesCritical ThinkingCreativity and InnovationCommunication and CollaborationTechnology Usage for Personal DevelopmentDigital Citizenship and Ethics Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers
    • 6. ≠ 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.
    • 7. Statistics: Pew Internet & American Life (September 2012)45% of Americans own smartphones66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones68% of those living in households earning $75,000 own them
    • 8. Statistics: Pew Internet & American Life (December 2012)33% owns a device that can be used as an ereader More tablets than ereadersSurge in “ereader” ownership during DecemberMost 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
    • 9. 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.”
    • 10. 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.
    • 11. More StatisticsIn 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]
    • 12. More…At some point everyone will have an ebook reader, but the need for ebooks will continue to growPrices for ebooks are decliningMore authors self-publishing ebooksGrowing number of sites for socially interactive ebook reviewsBrick-n-mortar booksellers are decliningDigital “first sale doctrine” still a problem
    • 13. What do we dowhen we read?Nicole Henning, Reading on E-Book Devices: the user experience (2010)
    • 14. OUR CHALLENGE: HOW CAN WE HELP?Let’s play to our strengths.
    • 15. Provision / Selection of Technology
    • 16. Selection of “Materials”
    • 17. Instruction
    • 18. Our Next Actions?
    • 19.