This post first appeared on Edutopia.
This summer, more than ever, how we read may be just as important aswhat we read. In April, researchers at West Chester University published a report arguing that eReaders could lead to decreased comprehension and fluency. In this New York Times article, the professors suggest that the interactivity, easy access to a dictionary, and constant use of text-to-speech could actually hinder the development of students’ reading skills. However, the examples highlighted in the article focus on the content — comparing traditional, paper-based books to electronic versions with a high level of interactivity such as games and video — rather than addressing the skills and strategies implemented in the reading process.
As I wrote in a previous post, students now have the potential to customize their reading experiences with mobile devices. So this summer, instead of reading in whatever manner you would traditionally use, I’d like to suggest three digital reading challenges. You never know — it could give you a number of strategies to better support your students in the fall.