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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Reading Comprehension: Paper or Tablet?

Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension

What effect do digital devices have on our digital brains? To uncover the influence on learning of using digital tablets for reading, the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center conducted an experiment to ascertain differences in recall and comprehension between tablet and paper readers.

Anne Niccoli | September 28, 2015

As of 2014, 63 percent of colleges reported using e-textbooks, while 27 percent planned to in the near future.1 But what drives these digital book policies and practices in higher education — technology or research?

"... the results clearly showed that the test subjects spent far less energy and time reading on a tablet than was spent reading on the ereader or paper ..." Source:
Considering the pervasiveness of digital devices, the lack of sufficient guidance for educators to make informed decisions about instruction and learning is disconcerting. 

<more at; related links: (The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages. April 11, 2013) and (Study: It’s Easier (For Some) to Read on LCD Screens Than in a Paper Book. February 9, 2013)>

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