The New Age of Digital Reading for News

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Managing distraction: a cognitive approach to reading news on the iPad.
Presented as part of the Oxford Tablet Summit, May 2010 St. Anne's College

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  • describe cognitive load -- limit to how much our minds can process and hold at any given time.

















  • potential story of iphone & dyslexia
    Khan academy
    elderly using ipads -- took out the computer
  • The New Age of Digital Reading for News

    1. 1. The New Age of Digital Reading for News Monica Bulger, Oxford Internet Institute Oxford Tablet Summit, May 2010
    2. 2. table electricity radio aardvark Cognitive pencil Load book Oxford stone mirror
    3. 3. table electricity radio Cognitive aardvark Load pencil (chunking) book Oxford stone mirror
    4. 4. table sit legs floor Cognitive seat Load soft arm rest desk Roediger & McDermott, 1995
    5. 5. table sit legs floor Cognitive seat Load soft arm rest desk Roediger & McDermott, 1995
    6. 6. story matters
    7. 7. table sit legs floor chair = seat soft arm rest desk Roediger & McDermott, 1995
    8. 8. whatʼs the story?
    9. 9. what does pinball have to do with reading?
    10. 10. + + + + + + + + +
    11. 11. ≠ story ≠ sustained attention = cognitive overload
    12. 12. not really a phone
    13. 13. this is the worldʼs greatest distraction
    14. 14. cognitive containers
    15. 15. “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.” May, 2010
    16. 16. strong content can combat distraction

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