Reading Without Limits

Maddie Witter

Classroom eReaders

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(photo from Windsor Star)

Do you use eReaders in your classrooms?

There are some folks out there who prefer books over an eReader because they love the feel of flipping pages.  I love eReaders because they are so easy to travel with, take to the gym, and read while feeding my daughter.  Though, I also love books because they don’t need to be plugged into a wall and tend to not malfunction!

There are some exciting eReader features that do trump traditional books.

iPads are working with popular textbooks to make them  more interactive with media.  While expensive, it makes the learning  fun. And, so much less heavy to carry!  Some publishers sell eBooks by license, at sometimes up to half the cost if you buy in bulk.  That’s definitely something worth checking out.

I also love the text to speech function on the Kindle.  It’s a great service for students who need support with fluency, language or vision.  Most eReaders also have the feature where you can increase font size which can be a helpful tool for dyslexic students as this research brief shares.

If you do choose to include eReaders in your classroom, it’s essential to teach students how to read ebooks, particularly the ones with media.  With 79% of web users scanning instead of reading, it’s important to demonstrate how to get important information off a page with a lot of features.  In an article by the Benton Foundation, Lotta Larson shares how to teach students how to read using an eReader.

There are pitfalls to eReaders.  Right now I’m working with a school in Melbourne.  Kids who are building their stamina get distracted by their e-Readers because they want to play with the apps.  Charging 30 different eBooks also isn’t easy.  And, how do you manage students sharing the same device?

What do you think? How do you include e-Readers in your classroom?

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This entry was posted on December 27, 2012 by in Small Group Resources, Special Needs Resources, Vocabulary and tagged , , , .

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