Chapter 5:  Reading Digitally to Learn
In this chapter, we first look at frameworks for understanding reading in general, and then discuss in detail how apps can be used to foster reading in digital spaces to support learning in the disciplines.  We discuss what needs to be retained in digital reading from research on reading print, looking at issues like how students read to comprehend, the role that readers and texts play in the process, and the instructional approaches that have been developed to support strategic reading.  Below is an outline with a brief synopsis; 
  • Reading Print
  • Reading Online and Digital Reading
  • Characteristics of Digital Texts
  • Digital Reading
Then we discuss specific situations, explore reading in various modalities, and discuss specific apps.  For example, we explore what, so far, are "best practices" for supporting students' reading in online spaces.  We discuss the features and affordances of e-books, e-textbooks, and so-called ehanced e-books or interactive books.  We do an overview of apps specifically designed to support digital reading and we discuss the use of alternative modalities like reading audio books.  Against the backdrop of what we know about the best uses of traditional learning and study tools like annotation, summarizing and note taking, we explore how to best take advantage of the large number of apps and e-book platforms that incorporate annotation and note taking features.   
  • Teaching Reading Online
  • reading e-Books, Enhanced and Interactive Books
  • Apps for Online Reading
  • Reading and Audio Books
  • Using Annotation Apps to Better Understand and Respond to Texts