m3lly_b3lly (m3lly_b3lly) wrote,

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Week 13 - A Final Look!!

I think that Project Gutenberg is a wonderful idea especially if the books are used as teaching materials in the classroom. The site makes a good distinction between the two meanings of the word “free” – one which is “free of charge” and the other is “free to use it however we want to”. I think that it is very important to know the difference so that people who do download these e-books understand what they can actually use the books for. As educators, I think that if we are unable to find a specific book or story for our class and it is offered on Project Gutenberg, I would definitely use this service. I may not be able to show the students the pictures (if it came with pictures) but if I wanted to get a point across, I am still able to do this.

The reading “The Young Reader and the Screen” looks at really good points about the direction our society is going when it comes to children and literacy. At my placement that I just finished their library was lacking a lot of books – they had the books, but they were not in any good condition so many of them had to be thrown out. However, in each classroom there is at least one computer and there are computers in the computer lab as well as the library. As it was stated in the reading nowadays, when children are visiting the library, they spend time on the computer rather than looking at the books. Another good point that this reading points out is that children need oral language in their lives early on. It is expected that without oral language from person-to-person contact, children will have trouble sorting out in their minds what they want to say. I think that after this reading, I have a better understanding of the importance of using oral language in teaching children, and that it is easier for young children to learn to read by using rhyming words. In addition, I have become more aware of how electronic books for children can never replace actual books – the children get distracted with animated pictures and focus on those rather than what the story is about. Pictures should extend the reader’s imagination rather than flat out show them what things look like. One example I would like to mention about learning to read off the screen is that my brother started playing video games from a very young age and because the games he liked to play had text in them, he learned to read by playing video games. However, even though he learned to read somewhat difficult text from the games, I am not sure how much of it he actually understood and his liking for reading books has not been fostered due to his liking for reading things on video games.
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