What are tweens doing online?

New report from the International Litearacy Association What Are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online? An Examination of Upper Elementary Students’ Reading, Writing, and Communication in Digital Spaces

“Kids find it easier to learn from books rather than the Internet because online reading is more complex than print reading,” says Hutchison. Online reading requires skills and strategies that are used for print-based reading plus the ability to be able to simultaneously interpret multiple modes of information (such as color, image, video, hyperlinks, and text) that are encountered in digital spaces. “And information on websites and apps is organized differently—readers have to make inferences about why the text is set up the way it is and what might happen if they click on a hyperlinked image or word.”


Read the full report:

What Are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online? An Examination of Upper Elementary Students’ Reading, Writing, and Communication in Digital Spaces (PDF)

By Jo Buchan

Jo is the Senior Specialist (Developing Readers) for Services to Schools.

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