Text books versus technology: Which is better for student learning?

Now, libraries are changing - with more screens like laptops, tablets, and e-readers moving in. "Students are fascinated with technology, so if you use it well it can be very engaging to them. It helps keep them focused and on task," Soma says."My daughter has actually been really into this eBook series when you get through and then you get to a new eBook," says Virginia Clinton, PhD., an Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota.But new research says this digital shift isn't always a best practice. Clinton analyzed studies comparing student comprehension after reading from traditional paper books to electronic reading devices - and she found paper still holds an edge. "If you spend an amount of time reading from screens or paper, the amount you learn per minute, so to speak, is going to be a little bit better for paper than screens," Clinton says.Clinton also found readers were over confident in their skills when using electronic devices - which could have played a part in lowering their understanding of the text.Still, she says that doesn't mean e-readers don't belong in education - but it does mean print and paper shouldn't go away any time soon.

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