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Maddie Dunbar

Blog post 3 - The DNA of Online Reading Comprehension (module 4)

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We are all chimpanzees. 



The Small Differences Matter: The DNA of Online Reading Comprehension reading really opened my eyes and surprised me at the same time. 

TWO PERCENT. "Only two percent of code separates us from our Chimpanzee brethen."


I could not believe that. Two percent is SO SMALL! Yet there are small differences that differentiate us and the chimpanzee species. 


This reading went on to discuss multitasking, the skills needed to read in online environments, divergent thinking, manipulating and molding information, and so on. I really liked this reading because it was easy to understand and the concepts were clear. The annotations of others helped a little bit, but not as much as they usually do. I feel this reading was so much more clear and comprehensible that I barely needed to look at others' annotations. 

One part of the reading talked about how the students who could manage multiple tabs, navigate search engines, and move between multiple sources did better, and I agree with that to an extent. I know a ton of people who aren't great multitaskers but are incredibly intelligent.. I on the other hand know how to manage a lot, and I mean a lot, of tabs and move between multiple sources, and I feel I do better than some who do not know how to multitask and move between multiple sources. I also know how to naviage multiple search engines such as Safari, Chrome, Google, Yahoo, etc. 

I really enjoyed this reading and thought it was really insightful! Kudos to the writer.