In this episode, Susan Lambert sits down with Lauren Trakhman and Patricia Alexander, professors from the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology within the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, to discuss their research on the effectiveness of teaching reading in print vs. digitally. Their conversation explores the ways in which teaching reading in print remains vital even in a digital world. Drs. Trakhman and Alexander also explain why it's important to avoid making assumptions about students' abilities to use technology and how that can be a detriment to reading success. Lastly, they discuss strategies for using technology to boost children's foundational skills.
“Rule one is: no teacher at any level should assume that their students are digital natives.” - Dr. Patricia Alexander
“As we saw in this pandemic, reading digitally is not going anywhere ... and, in fact, is what made learning even a possibility the past year and a half.” - Dr. Lauren Trakhman
Lauren Trakhman Bio and research
Patricia A. Alexander Bio and research
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