Reading in the Digital Age: A Review of ‘Words on Screen’
23 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (Fall 2017)
9 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2017 Last revised: 24 Dec 2017
Date Written: November 1, 2017
A book review of "Words on Screen" by Professor Naomi Baron. Professor Baron's book reveals that reading is a more complex activity than meets the eye. Individual reading strategies, the chosen platform, and the medium all play a role in how much students engage with the underlying ideas reflected in the text. Changing any of these variables can affect the reader’s relationship with the text which ultimately impacts their understanding and retention of the content. For legal research and writing professors, the value of Professor Baron’s book is that it can help us become more aware of the need to train students in a range of reading styles and platforms that they can learn to toggle between depending on the task at hand. For us and our students, being an effective reader in the digital age is about knowing how to pick right tool for each job.
Keywords: Reading, legal education, critical reading, technology in the classroom, classroom technology, law school teaching, legal research and writing, reading technology
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