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Print Versus Digital Materials: What the Research Says

Print Versus Digital Materials: What the Research Says

If your district is gearing up for an adoption this year, part of your selection calculation likely will be whether to purchase print or digital/online materials.  An article in the Hechinger Report  titled, “A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper?” may be useful.

The article discusses Patricia Alexander’s review of research on this topic. Ms. Alexander is an educational psychologist and a literacy scholar at the University of Maryland. Despite numerous (878) potentially relevant studies on the topic, Ms. Alexander pointed out that “only 36 [studies] directly compared reading in digital and in print and measured learning in a reliable way.” Despite the need for further research on this topic, Ms. Alexander found that numerous studies affirm the finding that: “if you are reading something lengthy – more than 500 words or more than a page of the book or screen – your comprehension will likely take a hit if you’re using a digital device.” This pertained to college students as well as students in elementary, middle, and high school.    

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New Product: Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

New Product: Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

Do you need a comprehensive reading assessment for students in kindergarten through grade 6?   Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.

Scholastic’s Next Step Guided Reading Assessment(NSGRA), is an assessment tool designed to support teachers using responsive teaching to make data-driven decisions about reading instruction. This product is designed for use in grades K-6, with one kit for grades K-2 and another kit for grades 3-6.

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New Product: Rosen-LightSail

New Product: Rosen-LightSail

Rosen-LightSail is a supplemental reading program for students in grades 2-12. The program is fully digital and adaptive. The focus of Rosen-Lightsail is on improving students’ reading abilities, increasing reading stamina, and encouraging a love of reading.

The program supports individualized instruction with books matched to students’ Lexile levels that address a variety of topics students will find interesting. Books are available in English and in Spanish. Students have access to a personal library of age-appropriate, leveled texts partnered with embedded activities and formative assessments. 

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New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature

New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature

Are your teachers ready for new ELA materials for middle school?  Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Into Literature is a comprehensive literacy program that supports English language arts instruction for grades 6 through 8. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction develops students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills with learning activities that provide numerous opportunities and structures for effective group and partner work.

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New Product: Heinemann’s Units of Study in Reading Middle School Grades

Which instructional materials is your district considering for reading instruction in middle school? Particularly if you are implementing the reading workshop model, consider Learning List’s review of Heinemann’s Units of Study in Reading Middle School Grades (Units of Study Reading).

Units of Study Reading is a supplemental reading product for students in grades 6 through 8. The program is primarily an instructional narrative for teachers and includes print and online teaching resources. Lucy Calkins’ workshop model underpins the framework for reading instruction focusing on developing avid readers who choose and understand increasingly complex texts. Units are not specific to a grade level which means district or campus staff sequence the units based on the district’s curriculum, availability of resources, and student needs or reading levels. Teachers without prior experience in teaching writing workshop will require significant professional development and time to study materials and resources to ensure successful implementation.  [Read more. . . ]

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