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The Pros And Cons Of Paper Mediums

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Forty-four states and the District of Columbia had already had plans to design new tests for the 2014-2015 school year by sharing $330 million in attempt to create new online end of year and semester tests that would replace paper tests which had been used until that point. Now looking upon the 2017-2018 school year, the majority of those states have already converted to the newly created online tests, but many believe that they should have continued using the paper testing. Studies are beginning to show that reading comprehension varies drastically between the traditional paper compared to their digital mediums. Electronic mediums negatively impact a reader’s reading comprehension level when compared to paper mediums as seen through note…show more content…
In addition to note taking strategies through different medias affecting an individual's reading comprehension level but early development of letters and shapes through different medias has an effect as well. To develop reading comprehension many are taught at an early age to read and write basic letters and shapes. In a 2012 study conducted by Indiana University, psychologist Karin James tested a five year old children, who was not yet able to efficiently read or write, by asking them to reproduce a letter or shape in three different ways: drawn onto a blank sheet, traced over a dotted line, or typed on a computer. Results of the three test concluded through a MRI scan that was conducted while the tests occurred, that only while the children were drawing freehand that activation across the brain associated in adults with reading and writing occurred. Therefore in the development of a child’s reading comprehension freehand drawing is proven to aid in development greater than typing and tracing over dotted lines, which are both common ways in modern times used to teach children reading and writing. Using a digital media when developing a young child’s reading comprehension skills will then be less effective in the development as well as
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