Is Technology Hurting Reading Comprehension?

Technology Science Fair Project
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iPods, cell phones, e-readers, computers, and other technological devices are all the rage these days. Since so many people are changing the way they read books and magazines, as well as how they do research, etc. - opting to read from a screen instead of from paper sources - many have wondered if reading comprehension is being affected. The creators of have designed an experiment to explore this very thing.

The great thing is, most of the materials you need are readily available! The experiment calls for 60 participants in total, as well as access to a selected book in paperback, e-reader, and computer format. You'll need to create a test to give all participants and the test averages will give you an idea if reading comprehension was affected by the reading format.

For the full project, be sure to visit!