Moving textbooks from print to digital formats makes sense financially. Many districts are moving towards a “paper-free” environment and that includes curriculum materials. Unfortunately, mounting evidence indicates that performance drops when students learn on a screen.
Though there are economic and environmental reasons to be paper-free, research finds that scrolling tends to have a disruptive effect on students’ comprehension.
Lauren Singer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland (UM), says that reading on a computer screen requires a different set of skills than reading text on paper.