Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Benefits of Reading from Print, (Update, Part 3)

We've been following the discussion on the benefits of reading from print here and here.

The biggest story since the last time we compiled a list of articles is the Naomi Barron research that again confirms comprehension advantages of paper over screens. More discussion on comprehension benefits of focused reading, desirable difficulty of handwriting, and how it relates to print and paper.  We posted these links on our social media (Twitter, Google+, Facebook) over the last year.  This is a link compilation.

The biggest issue in academia from this research is the transition away from print for other reasons not related to the primary purpose of education: comprehension.

The New Rebublic -interview with Naomi Barron: (1/14/15): "92% of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers."

Geekwire (1/1/15): "Paper is Back. Why Real Books are on the Rebound."
NYT arts.mic (9/22/14): "Science Has Great News for People who Read Actual Books."

Washington Post (2/22/15): "Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading from Print. Yes, You Read that Right."

Huffington Post (2/27/15): "Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print is Better."

Top Fictional Copy Shop Characters

The Copy Guy on SNL.  The "Rich-Meister."

The "Girl from the Copy Place" in Friends. Possibly broke up Ross and Rachel or were they already on a break?

Noah Bennett. Horned Rimmed Glasses guy on Heroes. Just a paper salesman.

This guy from "Undeclared"

Chapelle's "PopCopy" Sketch about a fictional copy shop.

Stringer Bell in "The Wire."

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Teach From Print using

If you are looking for great ideas on preparing and distributing teaching materials, is a super choice to offer to your students for a convenient and affordable printing option.  We've put together some tips to help make it easier for you and your students take advantage of our convenient options.

1.) Step 1.  Understand that print is good.  Millenials like to study from print and there are growing reasons for this.  And paper is a renewal resource. These concepts run counter to conventional wisdom, and designing your teaching materials around an affordable print option is one that will be appreciated by your students at evaluation time for price, convenience, and effectiveness. 

2.) Plan Ahead. Most of the things you can include are right in front of you. If you usually post notes & slides before each lecture, consider preparing the notes before the semester starts. If you routinely create handouts like study guides for tests or problems for review, consider if they can be reused and organized in one larger file for distribution.

3.) Creating your own materials already? Some more tips on what to include. If you are creating a book, don't forget to check out open source, creative commons, or public domain materials. There are some great resources out there for rights-free materials to use in class, and the key word there is "free".  Examples:  OpenStax, Community Texts, Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks.

4.) Starting from scratch? Here's why you should create your own materials if you can. The cost of educational materials has outpaced inflation by 1000% in the last 40 years, and 9% since last year (link).  You can beat this trend by creating your own materials.  Lecture notes and powerpoint slides combined with including areas to handwrite next to each slide or topic makes a great teaching tool. Handwriting notes has been found to improve memory compared to typing.

5.) Design for print. You can use a familiar page designer, powerpoint, or word processing application, and then print or save the final draft to PDF to distribute to your students. The end result of your collection should be something easy to print. For that, we recommend a standard 8.5"x11"page size. Our service automatically prints double-sided/back-to-back  at this page size.

6.) Distribute the PDF to your students & tell them about This step is using whatever type of course management system you use, but then tell them about our service. They will be glad you did!