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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.

The Web is a common name for the World Wide Web. It is the most efficient resource of the Information Age. 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.

The Web is a dynamic marketplace and generator of growth, change and rebirth. It presents a call to adopt recent technology to keep current with the 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. It offers so much information and interactivity that readers may not be able to read a Web page line-to-line or top-to-bottom.

Reading is a complex activity. Reading should be done for understanding. Web readers quickly scan and search for key words while scrolling through content. The efficiencies of Web reading can become addictive or toxic.

Some individuals resist learning technology. It is advancing at such a rapid pace that new applications quickly become obsolete. In remote areas, the necessary services for connectivity may be unavailable.

Information Age

It is not too late to join the Information Age revolution. Links and videos appear alongside words, forcing readers to touch, push, scroll, click and jump through text for information, not understanding.

Attentiveness is applied for intensive reading, thinking, memorizing and learning. Extensive readers draw inferences, clarify meanings and ensure absorption. Readers interact more with content than with navigation bars.

Distracted scanning may diminish cognitive functions. Web scanning should not dominate reading, learning, thinking or remembering. Onlinecolleg.org discusses 15 Big Ways the Internet is Changing our Brain.

Screen reading speeds up online reading activities. Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University author and scientist of neurology and cognition raised concerns about the effects of online Speed Reading on text comprehension.

Children must develop a slower mode of text reading for assimilation. Adults can ensure that mastery of technology will not stunt development of focused reading skills for research, study and perception.

Digital Learning Tools

New users should start with tools and technology of specific interest. What to learn and with what equipment should be determined by current abilities, preferences, equipment and goals.

Scanning and scrolling are useful. They may eliminate hypotheses and help find the answers to known questions. Technology serves as an essential operating tool for readers, writers and educators.

Technology adds efficiency and productivity to searches for information. The Web is a tool for growth and progress in the Information Age. Pewinternet.org reported digital readiness gaps remain in some communities.

It is impossible to keep up with all of the aspects of technology. From site appearance to server-side programming or from multimedia sound to visual effects requires huge leaps. Technology continues to change.

Keeping up with and mastering the rapidly-changing jargon of technology requires great effort. Tools to learn technology are readily available online and in local schools and libraries. Many courses are free.

The Information Age had a humble start. On August 6, 1991, inventor Berners-Lee invited collaboration with his World Wide Web concept. Who would have guessed how many doors this would open for human interaction?