Readability is a simple tool that ‘makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around’ what you’re reading.
Check out how it works:
Great, definitely a useful tool but what interests me is the opportunity it offers English teachers to explore how ‘Readability’ (and similar technologies) change the nature of the meaning of the text. I am sure Marshall McLuhan would have enjoyed this tool. We have been teaching students to analyse the structure of a text for a long time in classrooms; now we can play around with this idea online.
What examples can you find that illustrate this point?
Here’s some more to think about and you can follow the Readability team on twitter.
Hat tip: Bud the Teacher