I picked up a tradition of sending a digital correspondent in the form of a text to my children every morning. The content is meant to encourage and guide them throughout the day. This year my daughter joined, the tradition but her digital correspondent is sent at 7pm daily as medical facts. On Friday May 18, 2012, she transmitted the following fact: “People generally read 25% slower from a computer screen compared to paper.” The researcher, teacher, and reader inside me stepped into action. The reader analyzed my preferences: kindle reader, paper, and then computer. The teacher reflected on the behavior exhibited by my students during a directed reading activity. Student’s choices are normally: paper, screen, and then audio. Lastly, the researcher investigated the statement and there seems to be very little readily available research comparing print and computer readability.
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