Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
One of the fastest growing categories of iPad apps is the interactive children's book. From classics such as Miss Spider's Tea Party and Dr. Seuss to Disney's Toy Story, there are new book apps being released every day. Children interact with objects in the story, start and stop movie clips, solve puzzles, paint and more.
One body of opinion feels that anything that increases their enjoyment of stories is a positive development. Others think that interaction and play dilutes the reading experience and weakens their reading skills.
What do you think? Post your comments below.
Peter, your point about sustained + focused attention is the one I've been wondering about recently, but I haven't seen any data one way or another on this concept yet.
I know that I personally tend to jump around and "sample" when using Flip, Pulse and the more interactive Kno and Inkling textbook apps, but when I open up Kindle and read an actual book with just text on screen, I think I treat the reading experience much the same way I do with a paper or hardback. I suspect the former strengthens my ability to see connections and may improve my recall by virtue of being multi-sensory. The latter, though, may promote deeper reflection, a different kind of imaginative immersion - or is this just my inner "Shallows" bias coming through?
Whether my adult experience mirrors that of younger readers, I have no idea. Still, if there are different benefits from these varying modes of reading, I hope we encourage students to value both kinds of text. I guess I just want them as adults to be able to really, truly, deeply process the Constitution, for ex, without animation.
Thought I would share:
point out difficult words or discuss the meaning of idioms
expand on elements of setting or plot and build connections (e.g. what do you think
will happen next? have you ever been to a forest? do you remember when we
went to the zoo?)
strengthen inferencing skills (e.g. how do you think the character feels? why do
you think he is upset?)?
practice summarization and sequencing (e.g. what happened to the character?,
what happened first/next/last?)
foster discussion skills (e.g. what was your favorite part of the book? What was
your favorite character and why?)