Naomi Baron

Professor of Linguistics, American University, Washington, DC


Reading in Print or Onscreen: Does It Matter for Learning?

The digital revolution has brought a growing shift from print to electronic reading in schools. Prime motivations for the move have been cost and convenience, along with assumptions about the need to ensure students are at home with new technology. Missing from most decision-making has been research on the educational pros and cons of reading in print versus onscreen. This session reviews key research findings and offers strategies for maximizing learning when reading in either medium.


Naomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC. A Guggenheim recipient and Fulbright Scholar, she is the author of eight books, including Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World and Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World. She is working on a new book, Medium Matters: Teaching Strategies for Effective Reading in Print, Onscreen, and with Audio. Naomi also coordinates an international project with psychologists, reading specialists, and teachers that will disseminate research findings about reading medium to educators and administrators from pre-school to college.