Week 12: Digital Media

Article:

  1. Bates C.C., Klein, A., Schubert, B., McGee L., Anderson N., Dorn, L., McClure, E., & Ross, R.H. (2017). E-Books and e-book apps: considerations for beginning readers. The Reading Teacher, 70(4), 401411.*

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I chose this article because its purpose is to evaluate and select e-books and e-book apps (Pioneer Valley, Unite for Literacy, etc.) meant for early readers by considering their specific needs. These needs include how a particular text responds to touch, the ability for the app to record their reading, no “hot spots” that distract the reader, etc. (2017). Essentially, this article argues that in selecting specific digital features of e-books that may help a child learn how to read on a digital device, it will result in improving literacy in general, as well as digital literacy and learning English. This, therefore, is incredibly important for librarians who will be working with young/non-English speaking patrons.

This article’s suggestions of e-book apps is further complemented by websites like Children’s Technology Review Exchange, in which reviews of library apps and early reading e-books give librarians (who often rely on book reviews) an easy way to develop their digital collection. Additionally, The Horn Book website has a growing list of recommended apps and e-books in which the reviews consider digital features of the e-books that are also mentioned in the article, like “read to me” and “read myself” options that help with early literacy.


*Note: Although this article references teachers as its main audience, it also mentions school libraries throughout. Since school media specialists are considered teacher-librarians, I feel that this article is perfect for librarians learning how to evaluate and select e-book/app resources for beginner readers.


References:

Bates C.C., Klein, A., Schubert, B., McGee L., Anderson N., Dorn, L., McClure, E., & Ross, R.H. (2017). E-Books and e-book apps: considerations for beginning readers. The Reading Teacher, 70(4), 401–411. Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/doi/ 10.1002/trtr.1543/epdf

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