Digital vs. Print Media - It's All Just Reading, Right?
Digital text accessed on computers, tablets and e-books are increasingly replacing traditional print and paper in the classrooms. Educational technology experts flout the many real benefits of the digital format: easy low-cost access to content; embedded interactive graphics; cross-linked references; easily searchable text; filterable bookmarks and annotations; and other platform-specific tools have revolutionized the way we interact with the written word.
Digital Texts Adds Challenges:
These last two points touch on fundamental differences in the way that screen and print engage the brain’s sense of spatial relationships.
These factors may be behind the studies that demonstrate that students usually prefer to read complex or long text in paper form. Several studies found that college students will often browse e-books, but print them out to do in-depth study or research.