Digital Devices Increase Comprehension?
Submitted by Leecy on October 21, 2018 - 10:54am
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The mother of a HS senior just told me that her 18-year-old son can write an entire AP Lit paper on his iPhone. She suggests that our brains are changing.
With all of the concern about digital devices negatively affecting our youth, maybe the effect of using those devices has positive results that we still can't measure. Maybe our older brains aren't growing fast enough to grasp how many of our computer-capable youngsters are learning!
I found the following abstract very interesting. What do you think?
This study explored differences that might exist in comprehension when students read digital and print texts. Ninety undergraduates read both digital and print versions of newspaper articles and book excerpts on topics of childhood ailments. Prior to reading texts in counterbalanced order, topic knowledge was assessed and students were asked to state medium preferences. After reading, students were asked to judge under which medium they comprehended best. Results demonstrated a clear preference for digital texts, and students typically predicted better comprehension when reading digitally. However, performance was not consistent with students' preferences and outcome predictions. While there were no differences across mediums when students identified the main idea of the text, students recalled key points linked to the main idea and other relevant information better when engaged with print. No differences in reading outcomes or calibration were found for newspaper or book excerpts.(Reading Across Mediums: Effects of Reading Digital and Print Texts on Comprehension and Calibration, by Lauren M. Singer & Patricia A. Alexander, The Journal of Experimental Education 2016)