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ERIC Number: ED490507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-10
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
"Media-Rich Paper": Enhancing Reading Comprehension through Touch User Interface Technology
Mott, Michael S.; Benus, Mathew J.; Neal, Lisa
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The current paper summarizes the problem of K-12 students' comprehension of text. In an effort to improve reader understanding the publishing industry has adopted numerous research-based recommendations to facilitate learning by including visual elements that supplement text: graphic organizers; pictures; graphics; and digital audio and video supplements. Numerous research studies support the supplementary use of visual/video and audio adjunct elements to support students' learning of content. Despite these improvements a major dilemma remains: How can text seamlessly intertwine with digital content? Separately packaged video, audio and computer programs fail to connect a reader immediately to digital content during the actual text-based reading process. One possible technological solution to this problem is Touch-User-Interface (TUI) paper-to-digital content books. "Media-rich Paper" consists of paper pages, exactly like those contained in a book, except that the paper lies on top of touch-sensitive panels programmed to connect instantly to the digital realm via a companion computer. Such a seamless connection might improve reading comprehension for all learners. A dual call is articulated for: (1) the development of this technology specifically for improving reading comprehension; and (2) the technical evaluation of the affect of TUI/"Media-rich Paper" on reading comprehension achievement. (Contains 6 figures.) [Illustrations by Vicki Thompson.]
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A