MAKING READING VIRAL AMONG MILLENNIAL
JEFFREY LOUIE B. MACASPAC
Reading as a tool for mental progress has continuously turned out to be unpopular among the young ones. Perhaps, only a few out of the many would say that they appreciate reading either as pleasure or as a stream for mind development. This has become a trend since the birth of innovation such as smart phones, online games and various social media sites.
Before the rise of technological advancement, promoting reading materials was just a piece of cake among teachers because smart phones, online games and social media sites never meddled with the study habits of learners.
Showing to be detrimental, the promotion of reading as a habit is now a challenge among 21st century teachers. Finding means to endorse reading among millennial proves to be one of the diverse tasks of teachers nowadays. This is now the challenge among educators teaching in a classroom that is not completely privileged with the perks of digital era.
To battle with the digital habits of millennial is precisely not an option. Instead, it must be viewed as an opportunity in lifting the popularity of reading. Most likely, the young ones enjoy online games and social media sites because they feel a sense of challenge, thrill and excitement in themselves and among themselves. To make reading viral, a teacher of the millennium must adapt this equation: reading plus digital integration equals pleasurable learning.
The practice of utilizing the computer laboratories of school must continue to engage students in learning under a different setting. Giving them a sense of variety of experience by providing them diversity of environment keeps their curiosity and keenness over the activities that teachers provide.
Teachers must devise educational games themed with the popular online games the students are avid of. They must consider the millennial routine in most of the reading activities they introduce in class in order to establish a strong connection among the learners. Logically, digital trend dominates the millennial routine. So, it is advisable for educators to incorporate it in the lesson delivery.
Conventionally, reading is about books, newspaper, posters and the like. Aside from these media, the internet through use of social media sites could be a good additional medium to promote reading. Online posting of several reading selections accompanied with video presentations and other forms of eye-catching visual presentations also upholds the value of reading. This may hook the interest of the millennial to read more materials using other forms of media.
Nevertheless, the use of conventional type of media must not be ignored. The teachers must create a good balance among the different forms of reading media. Learning to read happens when one learns to enjoy it. One cannot learn it by force. Therefore, the best way to appreciate reading is to do it without sacrificing the habits you love doing.
To be vindictive to millennial habits never assures education. The trend will always differ as generation changes. This alone is extremely a basic reason for teachers to be innovative in promoting reading as a viral habit.
— oOo— The author is Teacher III at Lubao National High School, Lubao, Pampanga
SIRUS CABEL SANTOS
Electronic discussion groups are made possible by a key characteristic of digital communication: One copy of an e-mail message can be instantly “broadcast” in any number of recipients who are listed in an electronic mailing list. Every electronic discussion group is created and maintained by a “robot “computer program that automatically creates and updates extensive mailing list. These mailing managers receive and process e-mail commands issued by participants and directed to a group’s management address.
Aside from its management address each discussion group has a participation address where subscribers direct their actual messages to the group. A message sent to the participation address by one subscriber is duplicated and sent to every other subscriber, creating a world wide virtual forum in each subscriber’s electronic mailbox.
Thus, you should use the management address only to subscribe to the discussion group, to modify your subscription. Use the participation address only to contribute to the ongoing discussion. Not the following this law of basic “netiquette” can have embarrassing consequences.
A request to “unsubscribe”, if sent to the participation address rather than the management address, can result in your request winding up in the mailbox of thousands of participants, sometimes provoking numerous irritated complaints of wasting their time and disks space! Similarly, a message management address will result in a huge “error message” response delivered on your e-mailbox as the robot mailing list program attempts to parse thousand of words that are not in its paltry vocabulary of available commands (Brave New Schools).
— oOo— The author is SST II at Diosdado Macapagal Memorial High School, Floridablanca, Pampanga