Touch screen devices encourage boys and disadvantaged children to read for longer

The Independent is reporting new research from the National Literacy Trust that suggests tablets and touch-screen technology are encouraging disadvantaged children – and boys in particular – to read more…

New technology is unlocking the key to the biggest problem that has been bedevilling the education world for years – the poor performance of white working-class boys in reading, according to research published today.

A study reveals that touch-screen technology has switched on to reading three- to five-year-old boys and, more generally, children from disadvantaged homes.

It shows that twice as many boys as girls look at or read online stories for longer than they read traditional books (24 per cent compared to 12 per cent). And almost twice as many children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend longer reading books online than they do browsing through traditional books, compared to their more affluent peers…

More at: Disadvantaged boys learn to pick up an ebook

 

See the NLT’s top lines on this story and download the full report at: Technology engages boys and poorer children to read for longer

 

Do these findings ring true in your experience? If so, is enough being done to capitalise on the impact and use tablets and ebook readers to encourage more reading? Please give us your thoughts and feedback in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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