Three Dimensional Reading and Writing

David Warlick, in his book Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century, describes the nature of Net-based information as three-dimensional.

"You and I were taught to read in two dimensions - across and down. Our students are accustomed to reading in a third dimensions: across, down, and deeper into the information. By clicking through words, phrases, and images, they are able to dig into the information, moving deeper into greater understanding. This 3-D arrangement adds value to the message you are trying to deliver in that it points to supporting documents, and related documents can point to yours. Students should understand this concept both as a way of navigation and also as a way to add value to their own information products."

 

Used with permission:

Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century, David F. Warlick, Linworth Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-58683-130-5

 

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