What Parents Need to Know about Reading on an iPad (or Nook or Kindle)

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!

Tips for Reading Enhanced E-Books

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.”

Show Kids How To . . .

- 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.)

Reading at Bedtime Popular But . . .

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.

And Now for the BIG iPad Sweepstakes!

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.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Visit each blog listed below.
  • Find the Golden Ticket in a blog post that was written and created within the last 10 days.
  • After locating the 5 Golden Tickets on the 5 participating blogs, enter sweepstakes here after 6 am 9/13: Ultimate Guide to Charlie blog with the 5 blog urls.
  • Winners chosen September 24th, 2012.

5 Blogs with Golden Tickets

The Toymaker
Mom 2 Two Posh Lil Divas
Rhythm of the Home
Imagination Soup
WordPlayHouse

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.

Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.macanufo James Macanufo

    When I read to my kids, it’s not really about the book or the story or the pictures or anything else that’s presented to us. When we read and turn the pages we are having an experience. Sometimes we’re talking to each other about what they see, or what they think, and sometimes we just read and move through. This experience is the real “narrative.” I don’t count the story itself, or the art, or popups, or crazy animations/sound as anything precious or sacred… they’re just things for us to play with, prompts for learning at best and amusements at worst.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net/ Melissa Taylor

      interesting, James – thanks for sharing. I never thought of it that way.

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  • Laurie juergens

    Technology has certainly made reading more fun for one of my kids. Whatever it takes makes me happy. Our favorite app is K12 Timed reading (free/ $2) offering dozens of short stories K-4 which are timed as you read. They can practice them over and over and get feedback on their words per minute for fluency.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net/ Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Laurie – I’ll check it out. :)

  • http://twitter.com/pragmaticmom PragmaticMom

    The Golden Ticket search sounds fun!

  • http://twitter.com/ThisKid_Erik This Kid Reviews Bks

    Cool!

  • http://twitter.com/readingtub Terry Doherty

    Great piece Melissa.I really like your ideas on ways to share reading as if it is a “traditional book.” As luck would have it, I wrote a post this week about our experience trying to get Catherine engaged with an eReader this summer. http://blog.biguniverse.com/2012/11/05/e-readers-the-ubiquitous-frontier/

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  • Fang

    Technology, like the iPad, is where kids want to be so it make sense to have education apps, like reading, on mediums that kids like to engage with. If you haven’t done so already, check out Bookboard — http://bookboard.com. It’s a great combination where the creators have taken advantage of mobile devices to enhance the overall experience, but still preserves reading.

  • Elena Olivé

    E-books are a great idea to make children reading more, but do you know that now children can make their own e-book with the iPad? And this contribute to motivate the students. To know more about these e-books you can read this post:

    http://en.apple.ididactic.com/ebook-realizado-por-ninos-ipad/

  • Chris Shaw

    iPad apps are part of what we are offering at Flying Rhino and with Fraboom.com. Please visit it and find out why our live teaching methods are so revolutionary for kids and their education in this modern world. We can give you free memberships as well so you can try without risk!