"Many young people in Denmark prefer reading magazines and e-papers, whereas fiction and scientific literature is less popular. This is an indication of a move towards a different reading tradition. Many boys like reading on a screen and experience and create the stories through for example a game universe. We therefore have to think differently to catch their attention. One way is to offer them different reading platforms. Smartphones, tablets, magazines, computer games, graphic novels even audio books can improve the boys’ reading skills.
One way of reaching this group of boys would be to offer them different forms of reading instead of viewing the alternative media as a barrier. Instead of fighting against different media we have to evolve with the changing reading habits of young boys."
"There’s been some recent research from the National Literacy Trust showing that more and more children are reading from the screen of an electronic device rather than from books. Surprising? Not really. When you consider that many schools offer students daily computer access and have other types of technology such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, it appears to make sense. The study shows, however, that this penchant for digital reading is “potentially detrimental to children’s reading levels”. So should we try and curb children’s enthusiasm for electronic texts?"
"We are convinced that children should learn that ‘books’ come in many forms; paper based, readers that use electronic ink (such as Kindles), on a tablet, on a smart phone, on a computer monitor. They are all ways of accessing books and can – and should – co-exist quite happily in the classroom. This is especially important for those kids who have a mass of electronic devices at home but maybe no paper based books."
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