Season 4, Episode 4

Learning to read digitally vs. in print with Dr. Lauren Trakhman and Dr. Patricia Alexander

Susan Lambert sits down with Lauren Trakhman and Patricia Alexander, professors from the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, to discuss their research on the effectiveness of teaching reading in print versus digitally. Their conversation explores the ways in which teaching reading in print remains vital even in a digital world. Lauren and Patricia explain why it’s important to avoid making assumptions about students’ abilities to use technology, and describe how that can be a detriment to reading success. They also discuss ways to use technology to boost children’s foundational skills.