As I began a short story project this week with Ms. Frost, 9th grade English teacher, some students gravitated to the print books available for finding their short stories, and others preferred e-copies on the web or through Google Books.
Some, though, turned to their iPods to access and read their texts. Some students read e-copies through their Safari browser while others downloaded free or inexpensive apps from iTunes to get their stories.
A quick search for Poe and short stories in the iTunes store reveals a wonderful menu of inexpensive or free apps for iPods and iPhones as well as podcasts that can be played on a computer or any number of devices.
Some librarians and educators are in real denial about the reality of eBooks and Reading 2.0 as it exists now and what may be to come. Others, understandably, are still making sense of this new reading landscape: what counts as literacy and how that definition is rapidly evolving. Some feel it is an “either/or” proposition and see the issue in black and white terms rather than realizing that different forms of reading, in whatever containers they may exist, CAN happily co-exist as depicted in the photo above.
The kids know this—what part of this don’t the adults get? At the end of the day, our focus needs to be about meeting their needs, not ours.