Many students learning to read today will spend more time reading text online than in books. Technological developments and the proliferation of digital information in multiple forms requires teachers to cultivate multiple literacies and skills relevant in contemporary society (Kellner, 2004). The Internet has changed the way educators today think about literacy and the development of communication skills. The convergence of literacy and digital technologies like the Internet and electronic mail calls for new sets of skills for comprehending and interacting with text.
Students today need to develop reading and thinking skills that relate to the unique capabilities and ways of using information that are inherent to the Internet. The characteristics associated with the digital texts are not uniform. For instance, text characteristics encountered in Email differ from those associated with the text found on web pages. The use of strategies that integrate technology into the classroom like Webquests and collaborative development of web sites encourage the development of skills that are inclusive of media literacy and reading.