technology and the reading process

Technology and the Reading Process: Computer vs. Classroom Only

How Technology is Changing the Reading Process

Technology is changing the reading process in a number of ways. Perhaps the most obvious way is the way we access information. We can now access information from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This means that we can read books, articles, and other materials from anywhere.

This also means that we can access a much wider range of information than we could before. We no longer have to rely on the local library or bookstore to find the information we need. We can also find information that is not available in our local area.

Another way that technology is changing the reading process is the way we interact with information. We can now highlight, bookmark, and take notes on digital materials. This allows us to create our own personal connection to the text, which can be helpful when trying to remember or comprehend the material.

The Ability to Read Faster

When it comes to the reading process, technology has drastically changed the way we are able to consume information. In the past, if we wanted to read a book, we would have to go to the library or bookstore, find the book we wanted, and then sit down and read it. However, now with the advent of e-readers and audiobooks, we can carry around hundreds of books with us wherever we go and read them at our convenience.

But does this convenience come at a cost? Some experts believe that reading digitally can actually negatively impact our reading speed and comprehension. A study conducted by the University of Stavanger in Norway found that people who read printed books were able to read faster and with more comprehension.

The Ability to Read More Effectively

Many people believe that technology has a negative effect on the reading process, but I believe that it can be helpful if used correctly. Some people argue that computers in the classroom provide a distraction to students, but I believe that they can be used to help students focus and learn more effectively.

When used correctly, computers can be a great tool for helping students to read more effectively. For example, many programs offer features that can help a student to focus on a particular section of text. Additionally, some programs allow students to listen to text being read aloud, which can be helpful for those who struggle with reading comprehension.

While there are some potential benefits to using computers in the classroom, it is important to note that they should not replace good teaching.

Technology in the Classroom

As someone who loves technology, it pains me to say that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. When it comes to technology in the classroom, I believe that there is a time and a place for computers, but they should not be used as the sole means of instruction.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big proponent of using technology in the classroom. Computers can be an excellent resource for students, providing them with instant access to a wealth of information. However, I believe that there is a time and a place for computers, and that they should only be used as a ‘supplemental’ means of instruction.

There are some things that just can’t be learned from a computer. For example, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and problem solving. These are all essential life skills that can only be learned through experience.

In the online classroom

When it comes to technology and the reading process, there are pros and cons to using computers in the classroom instead of only relying on traditional books. Here are some things to consider:


  1. Computers can help struggling readers by providing text-to-speech options and other accommodations.
  2. Online reading programs can track a student’s progress and provide tailored recommendations for further reading.
  3. Classroom computers can give students access to a wider variety of texts than what might be available in a traditional school library.


  1. If not used properly, computers can be a distraction from the task at hand.
  2. Over-reliance on computers can lead to less independent thinking and weaken problem-solving skills.

In the Traditional Classroom

When it comes to reading, there are two different types of classrooms: those that rely solely on books and those that use computers as well. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Book-based classrooms have been the norm for centuries. They offer a wide variety of texts to choose from, and students can read at their own pace. However, they can be expensive to maintain, and students can get easily distracted.  Book-based classrooms are only as strong as the reading instruction and mastery, though.  I know from years of working in a Title 1 supplemental classroom reading service, if a child has weakness in the reading process, they will not want to, nor be able to, read the books!

Computer-based classrooms, on the other hand, are relatively new. They provide a more interactive learning experience, and students can learn at their own pace. However, they can be pricey to set up, and some students may find them overwhelming.  As an additional observation having worked with struggling readers for years, a child must still master the reading process to be a proficient reader whether using book text or a computer screen!

So, which type of classroom is best for reading

Technology is changing the way we read, and it is important to understand how it is affecting both online and traditional learning environments.

The research that has been conducted on the subject of technology and the reading process provides a clear picture: computers in the classroom help students learn. This is not to say that books are unimportant, or that technology should replace traditional classroom teaching methods entirely. However, the use of computers in the classroom, when combined with traditional teaching methods, has been shown to be an effective way to help students learn.

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