This isn’t altogether horrible if students are simply scanning to gather rudimentary information but when we are asking students to complete sustained and detailed reading online, these habits suggest that a support for students may help them read more comprehensively when assigned digital texts.
There are multiple technology tools that teachers can implement in order to help students read the entirety of an assigned next rather than the F-pattern of hotspots. An example of a tool a teacher can implement is called Edji.
Edji (edji.it) is a web-based platform where teachers upload texts. It includes tools for the students to read and highlight the text as well as make comments. The usefulness of the tool comes in the form of the information teachers gain about the class’ reading patterns. Edji creates a heatmap that shows the patterns of student reading and commenting. Navigate to this demo page to see how the heatmaps display the reading and interactive data: https://edji.it/#/project/demo.
Teachers may want students to highlight portions of the text that they have questions about, vocabulary words, or respond to the text with their own summaries in comments. A teacher can also embed comprehension questions to ensure the students read the entire paragraph with understanding. And in situations where we are asking our students to read graphs and other visual representations of data, students can even highlight and interact with those images.
In addition to seeing how the class interacted with the text as a whole, the teacher can access a reading recap for an individual student that displays information about how long the student spent reading the text and how many interactions the student had with the text.
Check out getting started with Edji for more information.