There is no denying it. In our modern world, technology surrounds us. Wherever we go, there it is. The fact is, today’s generation of children are being raised by technology. They’ll never remember the time when there were only paper books, but instead children will remember the days when their iPads ran slowly on the 3G network. As educators and parents, it is easy to want our kids to put technology down and pick up a paperback book. After all, that’s how we were raised.
But what if… What if the technology children are using is actually serving a greater purpose and expanding their learning opportunities?
We think it is.
In fact, we’re certain it is.
Our point is simple: e-books > traditional paper books.
Shocked? It’s okay. We’ll explain. We promise there’s a science, explanation, and 7 reasons why e-books are best for curious young minds.
1. Children learn early reading skills from quality e-books. In recent studies, Jeremy Scott Brueck of the Center for Literacy, found that animation and audio in e-books seemed to help young children identify printed words. Studies show that children are extremely engaged while reading e-books, and that can help promote better results.
2. Children and parents spend more time together when reading e-books in comparison to traditional paper books. [A]
3. E-books are convenient and accessible. Whether you are running errands or on a long road trip across country, you never have to pick and choose which books you want to bring when you use e-books. You can have all of them at the touch of a button on your tablet.
4. Children can enjoy e-books independently. E-books frequently offer a narration feature in which a story reader reads the text aloud for children who are not yet able to read on their own. This facilitates re-reading and independence, both of which children enjoy and which incline them to pick up e-books rather than traditional books.
5. E-books are more interactive. E-books often provide children with, say, an option of choosing an ending to a story. Or they may provide “hotspots” that, when tapped, offer sounds or animations that children weren’t expecting. These interactive features motivate children to stay engaged with the e-book.
6. E-books are more rewarding. When children see an e-book light up or highlight words, they are motivated and enthusiastic. Kim Floyd, a kindergarten teacher in Napa Valley, has been integrating e-books into her classroom for the last three years and has seen a tremendous increase in her students’ literacy development. When it comes down to it, children love using technology and become motivated students when provided with technology options.
7. E-books help children with developmental delays. Research has shown that children who are experiencing developmental delays do well with e-books. Studies prove that e-books have expanded children’s vocabularies and their understanding of words. [B]
Technology definitely has its place in the world of learning. The key is finding quality e-books that will engage your children’s curiosity and encourage them to explore the world around them. You can read more about the features that make Bright World eBooks unique and at the top of the list of best apps for kids, here.
Do you read e-books with your children? If so, we’d love to hear about the role e-books have played in your child’s reading experience. Leave a comment below.
A. Moody, A. K., Justice, L. M. & Cabell, S. Q. (2010). Electronic versus traditional storybooks: Relative influence on preschool children’s engagement and communication. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 10(3), 294-313.
B. Shamir, A., Korat, O. & Fellah, R. (2012). Promoting vocabulary, phonological awareness and concept about print among children at risk for learning disability: can e-books help? Reading and Writing, 25: 45- 69.