My 9th graders are working on projects in class and, as they worked, they were talking. Talking about dictionaries.
JM: I'm hard-core; I like a regular old dictionary.
JP: Yeah, I know that dictionary.com is okay, but I really like to look in the dictionary and read the whole entry. Then I can read about other words.
I found this conversation comforting. If the 14 year old digital natives like an old-fashioned paper dictionary, then my preference for one doesn't make me hopelessly old-fashioned. It makes me old-school cool.
Or that's what I'm going to pretend.