Better for Kids Reading: Print or Digital?

From Jeremy Greenfield’s Forbes article, Ebooks Will Make Us Dumber, Or They Won’t:

A new study out of Europe suggests that readers of print books are at a big advantage to readers of ebooks when it comes to reading comprehension. If this is true, will reading more ebooks and fewer print books as a society make us dumber?



Irony Alert: Tablet Apps Teach Penmanship

From the DBW article:

Can tablets help children learn skills like penmanship?  Can interactive apps foster appreciation for the sounds of language?  Kumon Publishing North America is exploring these questions by introducing two digital apps for kids – Uppercase ABC’s:Learn To Trace Letters and Pittsun-Tsun: The Sounds of a Rainy Day.

ABC’s is a digital workbook that teaches kids to write the alphabet by having children use a stylus on a tablet to practice forming letters.  Pittsun lets young children interactively experience early reading skills and onomatopeia.

Coach Leo Turns Tablet Into Activity Center for Kids

As the end of summer draws near and the playgrounds make way for the classrooms, friend of Tablettoddlers Matt Eppedio has announced the launch of Coach Leo Kids, a live action/animated show that he’s been developing with Sam Skoryna and John Skoryna.
Applying the creative techniques developed and taught at the wildly popular classes of Lionheart Fitness Kids, their mission is to turn your TV, computer, or tablet into an activity center for your kids with a live action/animated show that will engage every child into an active and healthy lifestyle.
Coach Leo Kids

5 Ways to Choose and use K-5 Apps, Mobile Devices

From the eSchool News piece on how educators approach apps and mobile device use and how it could make all the difference:

“Students are typically not shy about showing their enthusiasm for using the latest mobile devices, and they’re eager to share apps with teachers and friends.  Sometimes, teachers are so excited by their students’ enthusiasm that they dive right into using mobile devices and apps without laying important ground rules that, when followed, yield lasting educational experiences.”


Making a Connection With Interactive Children’s Books

Though the very word “interactivity” conjures images of electronic gadgets, things to swipe, and other bells and whistles, it isn’t a new concept for children’s books. Publishers have been designing interactive content for quite a long time.

Read this Book Business article for more on how publishers are deploying low-tech and high-tech content to engage kids and get them invested in reading.

How Kids Consume Media and Change Its Direction

From the EContent article:

“Digital entertainment has been the favored medium of the younger generation for the last several years, and there’s a new statistic in town to prove it. We’ve already seen in a past column that people between the ages of 18-36 are the least likely to subscribe to cable television. Instead, they beat out all other age ranges in subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But if you turn your attention to even younger age ranges, the divide between traditional media and new media gets even larger.”

Podcast Interview with Jason Boog on “Born Reading”

From Tablettoddlers friend Chris Kenneally of the popular podcast, Beyond the Book:

As foundational as it is to our lives, reading is not natural. Reading must be learned, and that means it must be taught. Whether a child enters through the printed page or a digital screen, the world of words promises rich rewards.

Author of Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital AgeJason Boog insists there is much a parent can do to make that world of words a more welcoming place. He has assembled what amounts to a playbook for coaching and coaxing children to be lifelong learners.

The key, Boog tells Chris Kenneally, is for parents to learn how to read to their sons and daughters. The method is simple: be interactive.

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age“Interactive reading will give you ways to talk to your children about books, apps, TV shows, or even video games,” Boog says. “They will help you raise a media-savvy child capable of analyzing complex stories on college entrance exams, but they will also show your child how to choose the best books, movies, and games in a world cluttered with useless media.”

As publishing editor for Mediabistro, Jason Boog previously led the GalleyCat and AppNewser blogs. He now works in Hollywood at True Pictures as director of its story investigation department.