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ERIC Number: EJ960818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Reading Multimodally: What is Afforded?
O'Brien, David; Voss, Scott
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v55 n1 p75-78 Sep 2011
Technological changes and the proliferation of digital devices have created new reading experiences for students. The rapid transition from print to digital texts is evident in the movement toward the adoption of an e-book standard, increasing sales of e-book readers and tablet devices, and projections that universities and public schools may use more e-textbooks and e-book devices than print curricula in the near future. Considering these changes, it is necessary to examine the digital tools and the theoretical perspective of affordances, a term originally coined in ecological psychology. This column discusses how affordances are related to multimodal texts. It examines three promising tools with multimodal affordances and argues that this perspective might offer educators a new way of conceptualizing how to use emerging digital technologies. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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