The impact is discussed that digital technology, including social media media and the Internet, may have on the development of our reading skills and on learning. Studies have found positive, negative, and inconclusive effects. Depending on how we use technology, can it actually be a “gateway drug” to reading and learning?

EN ESPAÑOL
Se discute el impacto que la tecnología digital, incluyendo las redes sociales y la Internet, pueden tener en el desarrollo de nuestras habilidades de lectura y en el aprendizaje. Los estudios han encontrado efectos positivos, negativos, y no concluyentes. Dependiendo de cómo la usamos, puede la tecnología ser incluso una “droga de entrada” a la lectura y el aprendizaje?

EM PORTUGUÊS
Discute-se o impacto que a tecnologia digital, incluindo a mídia social e a Internet, podem ter sobre o desenvolvimento de nossas habilidades de leitura e na aprendizagem. Estudos revelam efeitos positivos, negativos e inconclusivos. Dependendo de como a usamos, pode a tecnologia até mesmo servir como uma “porta de entrada” à leitura e à aprendizagem?

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FURTHER READING
DeLoatch, Pamela (Edudemic, web article). http://www.edudemic.com/the-4-negative-side-effects-of-technology/

Morozov, E. Facebook’s gateway drug (New York Times, opinion, web) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/opinion/sunday/evgeny-morozov-facebooks-gateway-drug.html

Purcell, K., Rainie, L., Heaps, A., et al. How teens do research in the digital world (Pew Research survey, PDF) http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media/Files/Reports/2012/PIP_TeacherSurveyReportWithMethodology110112.pdf

Verheijen, L. The effects of text messaging . . . (PDF) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0013838X.2013.795737

REFERENCES
Harvey, S. Nonfiction inquiry: Using real reading and writing to explore the world (PDF) http://www.curriculum.org/secretariat/files/Apr18NonfictionInquiry.pdf

O’hara & Pritchard. What is the impact of technology on learning? (web document) http://www.education.com/reference/article/what-impact-technology-learning/

Pearson, Ferdig, Blomeyer, & Moran. The effects of eechnology on reading performance in the middle school grades . . . (PDF) http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED489534.pdf

Vaynerchuk, G. Social media: The gateway drug (LinkedIn, web) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130827163653-10486099-social-media-the-gateway-drug

Vishal, K. Learning strategies and performance in a technology integrated classroom (PDF) http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ728906.pdf

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