social reading

Highlighter: How Digital Marginalia & Social Reading Help Engage Students

Digital Marginalia
I still remember the very first class I took in which the teacher encouraged us to write in the margins of our books: Mrs. McKenzie’s 9th grade English. We were reading The Odyssey and she asked us to underline all the classical allusions. “Underline?” we asked. “You mean we can write in the book?!”
I’ve avidly marked up all my books since then — underlining, highlighting, writing notes in the margins. That’s all well and good, of course, until the recent shift to e-books whereby it’s far less easy to mark up digital content.

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