I recently discovered an interesting comment on a Linked In discussion, part of the ed-tech topics that I often follow.
The conversation asked the question, “Are tablets and iPads the new textbooks?” and the discussion was about an Educause article,E-Books in Higher Education: Are We There Yet? Educause is a non-profit sector organization that aims to help individuals “who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education.”
In the Linked In conversation, Randy Tanner (Linked In profile) described the research of a colleague who is a doctoral candidate at Capella University whose dissertation research investigates the influence of iPads, tablets, and smart phones on pre-schoolers. According to Tanner:
One amazing fact she shared is that the typical 4-year-old is technically more competent with tablets and smart phones than the average adult. Think of the impact to primary school methodology. This isn’t the tech-savvy Millennial Y-generation; this the post-Millennial Z-Gen who may never touch a desktop PC and categorize laptops with 8-track players.
This week the Scholastic Corporation published a reportdescribing the views of children and their families about reading, and it is worth taking the time to read.
Based on responses from 1045 children and their parents, the survey aimed to discover thoughts about digital activities and reading habits in today’s virtual world. The report is chock full of amazing graphs that depict the views and thoughts of young readers as well as parents’ responses to similar questions. Many of these graphs break the children’s answers by age group.
Today’s blog post reports on the first section of the report — Reading Books in the Digital Age. Tomorrow I’ll provide highlights from the other two sections.
Interesting Opinions from Kids
Kids report that reading books for fun has decreased while a digital media activities have increased.
39% of children reported that the information they find online is always correct (page 12).
25% of young respondents have read a book on a digital device (page 14).
57% of children want to read a book on a digital device (page 15).
39% of young respondents said that they might read more if they had greater access to eBooks (page 16).
66% percent of children said they will always want to read books printed on paper even if eBooks are available (page 18).