learning technology
February 2019 by V. R. Duin


With Web reading
An adult can work
One-on-one with a child
To animate learning
And create memories.

A mastery of Web reading, digital learning tools and technology are critical to efficiency in the information age.

For anyone interested in Web reading, digital learning tools and technology, writing or education, the Web is the most efficient resource of the Information Age. The Web is a common name for the World Wide Web. It consists of pages on the Internet that can be accessed by browsers. The Web is the first place most of the world's readers look for connections, information and news. People are interested in the Web and in connecting with other Web users. For this reason, it is a dynamic marketplace and a generator of growth, change and rebirth.

The Web also presents an ongoing call to adopt the latest of digital learning tools and technology to keep current with our rapidly changing world. Not all Internet servers are connected to the Web. The Web supports text, audio, video and graphics files and links to hot spots. Web reading offers in the Information Age so much information and interactivity that readers may not be able to read a Web page line-to-line or top-to-bottom. The Information Age digital tools of links and videos appear alongside words, forcing readers to touch, push, scroll, interact with and jump through text.

It is not too late to join the Information Age revolution of digital learning tools and technology, but Web users also must understand that Web reading may be rewiring human brains and hurting the ability to comprehend content or to memorize information. Distracted Web scanning habits may affect concentration. Attentiveness is required for intensive reading, thinking, memorizing and learning functions. Web users need to ensure the efficient Web style of scanning does not prevent the extensive reading required to draw inference, to clarify meaning or to communicate understanding.

Web scanning should not be allowed to dominate children's way of reading, learning, thinking or remembering. Digital behavior of the Information Age delivers negative consequences, which are further discussed in 15 Big Ways the Internet is Changing our Brain. Reading is a complex activity. Scanning seeks information, not understanding. Reading should be done for understanding. Understanding the negatives of scanning may prevent the efficiencies of Web reading from becoming addictive or toxic. Distracted scanning may diminish cognitive functions.

Web readers often start learning Web reading with digital learning tools and technology that may help master the techniques used in the Information Age to quickly scan and search for key words while scrolling through content. Scanning and scrolling may confirm expectations. It also may eliminate hypotheses and help find the answers to known questions. When used to add efficiency to searches for information and to improve productivity, technology serves as an essential tool with which every reader, writer and educator is expected to have some knowledge and operating ability.

Web reading may require learning technology for growth and progress in the Information Age. However, studies show Digital Readiness Gaps exist in our communities. Some individuals resist learning technology. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that new applications quickly become obsolete. Some people may become burned out with the constant adaptation. In remote areas, the necessary digital learning tools and technology may not function, because services for connectivity may be unavailable.

Where to start learning technology, what to learn and with what equipment may be determined by our current abilities, preferences, equipment and goals. As the Information Age evolves, the Web continues to change. It may be impossible for anyone to keep up with all of the aspects of technology. It is a huge leap from site appearance to server-side programming, or from multimedia sound to visual effects. Web reading should start with digital learning tools and technology that is comfortable and of specific use and interest to the individual. Otherwise, new users quickly become overwhelmed.

Digital learning tools and technology are readily available online and in local schools and libraries. Many online courses for learning technology are offered free of charge. From small beginnings, the Information Age developed. On August 6, 1991, inventor Berners-Lee posted a brief summary of the World Wide Web and requested collaborators. Who would have guessed so many people around the world would gather through Web reading or how much the Web would change human thought and interaction? Keeping up with and understanding the rapidly-changing jargon of technology requires great effort and constant Web reading.

Digital Learning Tools

  • Web Reading Reading Rates says:

    Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University author and scientist of neurology and cognition raises concerns about the effects of Web reading on text reading.

  • Information Age Reading Rates says:

    Screen reading may help children speed up online reading activities, but they must develop a slower mode of text reading for deeper comprehension.

    • digital learning toolsReading Rates says:

      Adults can help to ensure children's mastery of digital learning tools and technology will not stunt their development of the focused reading skills needed for study and comprehension.