I feel like the teenager left out of the party right now. Everyone is at NECC – and I wish I were too. Oh well. Maybe someday I too will go to the ball 🙂
Meanwhile – I am out here thinking on my own. And as usual, I need help.
All good readers have developed reading techniques to help us through difficult text. Scanning for headings and subheadings, interpreting context when encountering unfamiliar words, etc. What about online? There are lots of articles about evaluating resources on the web. I am looking for a list of tools that will help students make quick but informed decisions while navigating websites. Are there techniques that can be used?
We ‘traditional” readers are used to reading in a linear fashion. How does this work in a hyperlinked environment?
I am not sure what I am looking for here. Certainly, I would like to find some good research articles/ studies on how people approach a website. From these studies, articles, blog posts etc., I would like to develop a list of techniques that I can emphasize when teaching our students.
Some techniques I am thinking about:
- Scan the whole page before clicking anything.
- Locate the navigation helps on the top and the sides of the page.
- Locate the “about me/about us” link. If it is not there – go on to the next site.
- Look at the address so when you click a link that takes you away from the site – you are aware that you are “not in Kansas anymore”.
- Know how to click those ruby slippers and get back home quickly.
- Other ideas?
Please help me out here folks. I need to make a vague idea concrete.