But what’s all the rush, why do we feel like time is running out or moving faster than we can manage? Why are some of the most talented and intelligent professionals, especially those I meet in traditional publishing, running around as if there hair is literally on fire? What has changed so dramatically in the past decade? And what messages are we, as adults, passing onto our little ones when we seem so distracted by all these ‘shiny new devices’ appearing everywhere in our lives these days? Are we worried? YES! Do we know how to handle it? NO!
Shopping-for-gifts season is upon us. My go-to gift? Books! Are you surprised? I thought not. Truth be told, books are the perfect gift no matter what the occasion (or age). I'm lucky. My parents feel the same way ...
To follow up on insights revealed in our Print vs. E-books QuickStudy, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted a second QuickStudy to survey parents about reading books with their 2-to-6-year-old children. In this survey we assessed family ownership of devices on which e-books can be read and included a set of questions about reading e-books with children since market research indicates these are emerging trends (Rainie et al., 2012).
Because the Apple iPad has demonstrated a quick rise to dominance in the tablet marketplace, this report delves into iPad owners' practices and perceptions surrounding the use of e-books in their kids' literacy development. We found noteworthy patterns of perceptions and use of e-books among the families in this sample who own iPads. These patterns warrant broader conversations and pose important questions for researchers and designers.
Omar Kattan: "Lego understood very early on that they’re not in the toy business, but instead, the imagination business. As a result of this, Lego brought their bricks to life through the magical power of story told through multiple platforms."
How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.
"For 40 years I have searched without success for studies that support the notion that reading at five is a helpful step for long-term success in school. A recent doctoral thesis confirmed the absence of such evidence."
Medill Reports: Chicago Sound, not sight, major cause of dyslexia Medill Reports: Chicago Researchers at Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory investigated the underlying biological causes of dyslexia and found that a child's...
We’ve all seen story apps with knockout art and animation – digital eye candy so vibrant, lovely, and/or filled with whimsy we may just want to slip into this new world and stay forever. Which is why adults, who do all the reviewing and buying of kids story apps, go gaga for apps that look great. And of course, story apps need to look great on the screen. After all, we’re talking about creating content for a visual medium.
But story apps have the word “story” right in there for a reason. They need an actual story to qualify. A boy sitting down to slurp a loooong noodle isn’t a story. When a length of pasta is a story’s only protagonist and it doesn’t even speak or do anything, well, we’ve truly entered the realm of PDD (Plot Deficit Disorder).
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.
On November 1st, Pew Internet released a report called “How Teens Do Research in a Digital World”. I spent time reading the fifth section of the report, which relayed teacher comments about literacy, reading, focus, overexposure, and adaptation. Parents who are curious about how digital technologies are impacting the classroom will find a variety of perspectives to consider. The report can be downloaded via PDF, or viewed online.
Here are two points of view written in the report, along with a graphic about what skills teachers consider most valuable for students to have in the future ...
I love books. Physical books. Books that sit in my lap and warm it like a sleeping pup. Three and a half years ago, I had an e-reader unwillingly thrust upon me. I ignored it at first; shunned it. Then one day I was packing for a long trip and...