David O’Brien, working out of the Univerisity of Minnesota has been doing resarch on “at-risk” and disengaged students and their reading habits. His findings suggest that many will jump at the chance to read material presented on a screen, for example.
I have witnessed this phenomenon, especially as I move up the grades and teach older students. You can’t force some of them to read a book, but offer them a chance to do on-line research, or to read e-books on the ipad and its engagment city!
Here is a link to the Reading Online Website