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As parents and educators, we must look for ways for children to read — including the iPad, Kindle and NOOK. Since the reading experience is different, let’s think through how to best use this technology for learning purposes. *Also, scroll down for a very cool giveaway!
Strategy: Read twice. Once for meaning and once for the fun features.
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center published a report that said enhanced E-Books distracted children from comprehending the narrative details. Even if you’re reading with a parent. The Print vs. E-Books report states, “The enhanced E-Book was less effective than the print and basic E-Book in supporting the benefits of co-reading.”
“One of the suggestions we make and have started seeing in some enhanced e-books,” Cynthia Chiong tells me, “is the inclusion of a setting where parents/kids can “turn off” some of the interactive elements.”
“I think a benefit of enhanced e-books is that kids really like them and would probably want to read it over and over again, so parents should encourage that. Also, as with any book reading, educators and parents can really help the learning experience by elaborating on and reinforcing the content.”
- turn the page without skipping pages
- bookmark a page
- take notes and highlighting
- use the dictionary feature
- look up the overview
- how to share books
- how to brighten or dim the screen
- how to rotate the screen
(Thanks to readers Loridee Wetzel, Jessica Allison, Cassie Dunn for suggesting several of these ideas.)
Watch out for the blue light!
According to a survey by Ipsos Mori and The Reading Agency, half of bedtime stories are now read on E-Books – either by children to themselves or co-read together. It’s surprising considering the research about poor sleeping after iPad reading.
Since this research applies to blue light which leads to the suppression of our melatonin, can we assume that a Kindle does not fall into this category? I’ve emailed Amazon but have not heard back on this yet.
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive E-Book with 20 crafts and activities for the entire family. To celebrate the launch of this E-Book, author Valarie Budayr is sending you on a mission to find 5 golden tickets.
5 Blogs with Golden Tickets
First Prize: A brand new iPad with the Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (a $7.99 value) and other Kite Reader books (a $40.00 value).
Second Prize: Your choice of a $50 gift card to one of the following places: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, or an independent bookstore listed at indiebound.org.
Third Prize: $50 gift card to iTunes.
By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstakes rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited. Winner chosen at random. Staff and family members of Audrey Press are not eligible. Grand Prize winner has 48 hours to claim prize. If Grand Prize winner is outside of the US and Canada, they will be given an Apple Gift card to use for their iPad purchase.