Digital Reading for Comprehension


Introduction and Purpose

Digital reading is different from reading the printed page. Though some active reading strategies are still applicable, additional time should be invested in facilitating digital reading. This course will examine the challenges that reading on the screen (computer, mobile device, or tablet) presents to learners. As K-12 students are increasingly moving their studies and testing online in virtual, blended, and tech assisted classrooms, it is important for teachers to guide students in employing good, active reading strategies in the digital space. Active reading practices engage readers in text, improve comprehension, and build self-regulatory habits leading to more independent life-long readers.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between print and digital reading
  • Find value in active reading strategies for engaging with challenging texts
  • Apply active reading strategies and model the practices when reading digital text
  • Employ and teach digital focusing strategies that build a mindset for deep learning and comprehension

Click on the units below to begin

Unit 1: What's the Difference Between Paper and Screen Reading?


Participants will...

  • Review both formats for reading to determine distinct differences in the experience of each
  • Respond to reflective questions comparing and contrasting the benefits/drawbacks of each format.
  • Summarize key problematic features of online text

Unit 2: Active Reading for Comprehension


Participants will...

  • Recall active reading strategies often presented in classrooms for focused reading of text.
  • Examine and employ effective annotation tools for active digital reading.
  • Reflect on how digital annotation improves comprehension-- mindset and focus as well as deep reading.

Unit 3: Keeping the Focus on Reading


Participants will....

  • Recall unique digital reading features from Unit 1
  • Experience strategies and tools to achieve a mentally focused digital reading experience.
  • Brainstorm ways to incorporate these tools into their lessons for improved reading comprehension.
  • Reflect on the importance of demonstrating these active reading strategies for K-12 readers relying on screens for learning, studying, and testing.


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Digital Reading for Comprehension