About a week ago, PRI had a segment about how reading is different on paper vs. screen.
Would you like paper or plasma? That’s the question book lovers face now that e-reading has gone mainstream. And, as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently.
It touches on some of the same issues we’ve seen before:
- Skimming and “distracted” reading on screens.
- Screen use changing reading habits and practices
- Better retention of complex ideas reading from paper
Whether it’s differences in how the material is laid out on the page/screen, or over stimulation for rich formatted and hyperlinked screen content, it’s not exactly clear. But what is clear is that there are measurable differences that should affect education policy, and it seems it’s being willfully ignored with the HSE 21 rollout.
I see a lot of homework related screen time at home, and evidence of a substantial amount of screen time at school. I see homework assignments involving the iPad taking longer than similar assignments on worksheets, even when supervised (i.e. no distractions with games or videos). I see the results of this difference each night…