Today in class, we discussed a study from Singapore that concluded that video games are somehow connected to attentional capacity. We were all pretty concerned about the research design and the repercussions of the study’s claims. If anyone is interested in reading more about research going on like this, check out NITLE. I was just introduced to this group who research best practices in using ebooks, social computing, gaming, open education resources, etc. for education. I have only browsed their site, but there are a lot of interesting case studies that y’all might enjoy perusing.
As for our book clubs, I had a fantastic time discussing my group’s selected readings with everyone. It was a very fruitful experience and I really feel like I gained a new perspective on a lot of these readings from our time together. This experience really reminded me of how big the idea of social reading is becoming. In this blog post from DML, the author writes, “…most of us first experience reading as a social activity. Whether having stories read to us as children or the collective reading that characterizes early reading instruction, reading begins as a social experience. It is only as we grow older that reading becomes a private, individual activity, one often divorced from contact with others.” So are book clubs or sites like GoodReads just adult versions of storytimes? What else can we do to create more social avenues for, not just sharing (because there are a million ways to do that) but, encountering ideas together?