Learning to read in a digital world

With my feet planted firmly in Generation Y, I’m your typical Millenial.

I took Fruit Roll-Ups to school with my lunch, played pogs with my friends at recess, and listened to Michael Jackson on the radio during his Lisa Marie Presley days.

I also grew up with technology–I played Duck Hunt on our Nintendo console and played Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy in the car in elementary school. In seventh grade, I’d come home from school and immediately log on to AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) to chat with my friends. By the time I was in college, I was regularly doing research and assignments online. Nowadays, I check my e-mail on my smartphone as soon as I wake up in the morning. I find out about breaking news by checking what’s trending on Facebook.

The incorporation of technology into my daily life was gradual, but it was novel, and thus welcomed. Learning and exploring new technologies was exciting.

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