We currently live in an environmental climate that is pushing to eliminate the use of paper in our society, which heavily impacts our reading skills. In her new blog post, Kimberly Rues reviews the positives and negatives of ebooks, especially with regards to learning and children. She takes great care to remind us that children also require an adult human component to engage with them by asking summary questions, encouraging opinions and creating connection from their life to the story to be the most effective.
- Research and personal experience both strongly suggest that parents and children bond and interact more with paper books than with ebooks.
- Teachers have noted that with ebooks students tend to “watch” rather than participate actively.
- Taking students to the library to find new paper books can be rewarding in itself, as many of them will start reading in the library or ask you to read books to them.
“My dad will attest that I could plow through 10 or more on just one multi-state journey.”