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February 2019 by Terry Verduin


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 is 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 accessed by browsers.

Contemplate Life Ride? 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 connections with other Web users.

New Look? The dynamic online marketplace generates growth, change and rebirth. It presents a call to adopt recent technology. Internet servers, connected to the Web, keep users current with the rapidly changing world.

The Shift? The Web offers information and interactivity through text, audio, video, graphics files and links to hot spots. Readers may not be able to read a Web page line-to-line or top-to-bottom. They cruise with navigation bars.

Top Things Off? Reading for understanding is a complex activity. Web readers quickly scan, searching for key words while scrolling through content. The efficiencies of Web reading can become addictive or toxic.

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

Information Age

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

Enable understanding? Attentiveness is applied for reading, thinking, memorizing and learning. Expansive readers draw inferences, clarify meanings and ensure absorption. Intensive readers interact with content.

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

The Next Act? Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University author and neurology and cognition scientist raised concerns about the effects of online Speed Reading on text comprehension. Speeding up online reading may have costs.

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

Digital Learning Tools

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

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

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

In the Bag? 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.

Match Play? Simply keeping up with the rapidly-changing jargon of technology requires great effort. Tools to learn technology are readily available online and in local schools or libraries. Many courses are free.

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

W3C Standards? Sir Tim Berners-Lee continues to guide these Web specifications, guidelines and tools. He is a director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which coordinate efforts to further Web benefits for humanity.