Last updated on: 11/21/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
Reasoning:

“Norwegian researchers conducted a study that took 72 10th grade students, divided them into two groups and gave each a fiction and a non-fiction piece to read. One group was asked to read both texts on a computer screen, while the other group was given hard copies. The study revealed comprehension was clearly stronger among students who read both texts on paper.

Researchers argue that’s because reading on paper is inherently a tactile (even multi-sensory!) experience that allows the brain to create a ‘mental map’ of the entire text. Unlike material read on an e-reader or computer screen, students can leaf through a book, quickly see its beginning and end. It’s that process, researchers say, that is crucial particularly when deep comprehension is needed for long and complex texts…

Moreover, reading a traditional book provides a respite from the sort of interruptions from texts, games and social media that readers can be bombarded with while attempting to read on a tablet or computer screen. While researchers still have much to learn about children’s preferences and behaviors, it is possible that books deliver a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience that even the most tech-savvy of generations can enjoy, just as readers have for hundreds of years.”

“Keys to Reading: Digital vs. Print,” orton.gillingham.com, Mar. 23, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
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Description:

“The one thing we ask of our schools is to teach our children. But often, teachers don’t have the tools to accomplish this. We train educators to teach reading by using a proven, multi-sensory approach called Orton-Gillingham.

We are teachers, and we know how you feel.
All of IMSE’s instructors are CERI certified educators who have used Orton-Gillingham in the classroom. We understand the challenges that you face in a modern, diverse classroom. We know what it’s like to watch kids struggle to read.

Orton-Gillingham helps teach reading more effectively.
Orton-Gillingham allows children to break down how and why letters and words sound the way they do. Using multiple senses, children can better understand the rules of the English language. This is effective in the classroom because it allows educators to teach children in the way that each individual child learns best.”

“About Us,” orton-gillingham.com (accessed Nov. 21, 2018)

Mission:

“All children must have the ability to read to fully realize their potential. We are committed to providing teachers with the knowledge and tools to prepare future minds.”

“Mission Statement,” orton-gillingham.com (accessed Nov. 21, 2018)

Other:
Educational training institute
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?