Why Students Don’t Focus On Reading But Learning On Internet

Learning On Internet
Students ingest hundreds of words per day on their iPads, mobile phones, Chrome-books, and Kindles. Educational publishers are increasingly offering content on these apps, including some start-ups focused on bringing informative texts and news articles into the hands of the students. A recent study analysis concludes, as it turns out, what we don't know outweighs what we do know about how people interpret texts on a computer screen rather than on the printed paper.

The Books They Need Aren't Available In Digital Format:
E-book use for many students is not about choice or size, but rather about accessibility. Sometimes, the books students need for school are simply not available on the internet. Even if those titles are digitally available, students usually take an all-or-nothing attitude to their textbook purchases every semester, buying all of their books at the same location. When as few books as e-Textbooks are available they just don't consider trying to find them.

They're Not As Expensive As You Would Think:
Cutting the cost of producing and shipping a textbook physically is a money-saver for sure, but a recent study by assignment writing services found that savings are not passed on to students most of the time. Which is it that gives? The high cost of internet readers like the iPad and Kindle, "pricing choices for publishers," and the fact that when students borrow eBooks, they can't sell them back later all add up to the shockingly high cost of internet books.

Marking An E-Book Is Strange:
While most books on the internet come with a small army of tools that enable students to bookmark, highlight, take notes, and explore through footnotes, definitions, and more, students are simply not impressed. They still also prefer tactile books which they can highlight visually and write notes in the margins. Even those who may be open to the digital markup are wary of losing their notes.

E-Textbooks Are Also Heavy:
The e-Textbooks were intended to replace the pounds of paper books with which college students fill their backpacks. Yet, differently, digital books are heavy: their storage capacity. There's simply not enough space, even on a 64 GB iPad, to store every single book that a student may need. Assuming students can use their devices for books (they aren't), books that can be up to 10 GB each leaves space on one computer for only about eight books. 

There Are Better Options For Internet Use:
When you look at the abundance of media-rich alternatives available online to students, some e-textbooks with plain print and pictures just seem primitive. Photo, audio, interactive websites, and activities can frequently be accessed through web browsing via iPads and other e-Readers. Students may find this material more useful than what e-Textbooks can offer.

Students Of Today Grew Up With Books:
Part of the reason books on internet or reading material is being slowly embraced is the simple fact that today's students are just not used to them. We grew up in high school with textbooks and they just aren't interested in making a move. Experts suggest that, as they enter college, students who grow up using eBook apps will be far more open to continuing the trend.

Another Insight eBooks Offer:
One might think reading a textbook in any format is essentially the same. But some researchers assume that digital and written text is processed differently in the brain. Students reading printed books in one study appeared to grasp content more thoroughly, and they did so much faster than another group of students who read the same content in a digital format. They explain that the internet versus print reading, from their perspective, is much like the difference between 'knowing' and 'remembering.'

This Is A Hunter Hunt To Find E-Textbooks:
Some textbooks are available in one version, and not the other, or can be downloaded from different stores. That means that not only do students have to hunt their textbooks across multiple different platforms and websites, they also have to recollect where they are, learn how to navigate and use each reader, and typically keep logins for them all. However though e-Textbooks are thought to be a better alternative, they can't be so long as students can use them on a single platform.

The most common reasons students give to explain why assigned materials were not read are: they had too much to read. Their busy schedule doesn't allow much time to read extensively. Their social life leaves a little reading time. Reading on the internet is tough because of digital distractions. That’s why students don’t focus on reading but learning on the internet.

Albert Barkley

Hello, my name is Albert Barkley. I am working as education consultant with a UK based firm after completion of my PhD. I like to write on different social, tech and education trends.

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