Thursday, May 22, 2014
Education Week recently collected studies on the drawbacks of reading on the computer screen. The research was limited to K-12 students, but applies to our students, most notably:
When reading on screens, for example, people seem to reflexively skim the surface of texts in search of specific information, rather than dive in deeply in order to draw inferences, construct complex arguments, or make connections to their own experiences. Research has also found that students, when reading digitally, tend to discard familiar print-based strategies for boosting comprehension.
And many of the multimedia elements, animations, and interactive features found in e-books appear to function primarily as amusing distractions.
You can read more here.