IMPACT OF MEDIA ON READING AMONG BLACK COLLEGE STUDENTS
Ronder Patrice Scott
Texas Southern University
The uses of digital devices that are installed with e-readers have been of greater significance in learning and academic field in general. The devices have become pervasive among black college students. Students use electronic devices such as iPhones, IPad, tablets, Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook e.t.c. to download and read e-books, access learning materials online, and even to connect with other students around the globe. The devices use a technology that is user-friendly and that offer paper like reading experience. In this ever changing world, black students are not left behind to enjoying what the advanced technology have to offer to the rest of the world. In fact, e-readers came into the picture more than three decades ago but their use among black students have never been that much like in recent years. Today, digital devices play an increasing role in education and research and also offer unique benefits for both the students and their teachers. Students can access e-books and information from the internet using e-readers and can also save documents that they can retrieve later from their devices. These digital devices are portable and, therefore, students can carry them to wherever they go compared to books that are bulky. Therefore, with e-readers students can read and write anytime and anywhere regardless of time and environment. For example, black countries have been faced with the issues of electrification and, therefore, with digital devices, a student can still study provided the device was fully charged and regardless of the darkness. However, the digitalization of information has resulted in new patterns of information usage that resemble that of written textbooks. In fact, e-readers among most college level students have been an option to reading due to its information adequacy. Shedding more light in learning from screens, e-readers addresses traditional concepts of print and much paperwork while embracing other major ways to receive, process, and create information. Also, digital devices with e-readers deepen the relationship between the audience and ability to obtain learning resources and information. Along with this discussion, the use of e-readers has tremendously empowered students to creating their learning styles that challenge ideological texts and conceptual traditional learning styles. Consequently, in the contemporary era of standardized high-stakes testing and corporate solicitations in college education, black students have more to brag about regarding the manner in which e-readers have impacted their learning techniques and performances. Therefore, it is of greater significance to considering how e-readers influence styles of learning and its implications in a learning environment. However, as the pendulum swings to the right, institutions have developed e-centered programs that are accessible from digital devices and other electronic mediums. These programs facilitate greater accountability in learning outside the classroom as well as promoting students to share with other students around the globe. For example, through digital devices and availability of internet, black students can access education curriculum offered outside their realms i.e. in other countries such as Australia, U.K, and Canada among others. Availability of internet among black people made it possible for the media to offer a pocket of wonderful ways of accessing work and tasks. Black students can access and participate in academic activities occurring all over the world. Internet and digital devices offer an effective way of collaboration between educational institutions which are based on different demographic environments. Now that electronic education has become pervasive, it is significant to...
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