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Explore Critical Reading and Viewing in a Digital Age

Most students and teachers are comfortable reading and marking up a printed paper document. We have done this for years and are now good at it. But what happens when this process shifts to a digital platform? How do we mark up a computer screen? How do we make annotations on a video? During remote learning, these become important questions since many (if not all) of our classroom resources are only available digitally.

This is not just a trend in schools. Everywhere we turn, text is published digitally. There are more websites available than ever. Companies are printing manuals on paper less and less, and even major news outlets publish primarily online. To be successful in this digital world, our students need new reading and viewing skills to help them interact effectively with digital information. As teachers, we must be intentional about teaching these skills.

To help you get started, this collection will provide you with concepts, strategies, and tools to share with your students. Use these resources to empower your students with the skills they will need to be critical consumers of digital content.

Increase Retention by Engaging Students in Digital Reading and Viewing

Increase retention by applying critical reading and viewing strategies to digital text, images, and video.

Tips 5 min 3-12

Incorporate Strategies for Critical Reading and Digital Marking of Text

Explore strategies and tools that will help students critically read and mark up digital documents, PDFs, and websites.

Tips 20 min 3-12

Incorporate Strategies for Critical Viewing of Video and Digital Images

Teach students to view videos and digital images with the same level of critical review that they use when reading texts.

Tips 15 min 3-12