Students Need More Screen Time with Quindew!

By on February 17, 2019

Okay. Not that kind of screen time. New research tells us that tweens and teens spend an average of 6 hours a day looking at screens1. That is the average. Some kids (and adults if we are honest) are spending much more time looking at phones and computer monitors. So what do we mean when we say, "Students need more screen time"? We mean students need more time reading and answering questions online. They need more experience using digital tools like scrolling, next buttons, and highlighting. Students need to improve their digital literacy and online fluency.

Today, high stakes exams are web-based. This means we get results a lot faster, but students do not have the same experience reading for academic purposes online as they do reading information in a book or on a page. Because of this, students face new obstacles and a lack of experience could lead to lower test scores. Successfully reading texts on computers requires a whole new set of skills. Here are a few to think about.

  • General reading fluency
  • Scroll to find information
  • Identify paragraphs
  • Read with a cursor (double click on a sentence or paragraph to stay focused on one idea or section of text at a time)
  • Navigate a text with "next" and "back" buttons and drop down menus
  • Touch pad and mouse dexterity 
  • Scan longer sentences with less white space

LiteracyTA can help build these skills. We now offer a FREE online reading program at and

Although there are many ways to prepare students for the upcoming exams (build confidence, teach test taking strategies, and practice reading and answering questions), students need more screen time. They need more practice with online reading comprehension. Quindew can help!

Phone: 619-796-5541

1Claim based on a research study by Common Sense Media.

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