Exponential Reading Growth: Celebrating Digital ELA Curriculum Success. Digital natives in schools across the country are discovering the joys of curling up with a good ebook—and they’re reaping all the old-fashioned benefits of independent reading.
As various digital ELA curricula transform the culture of reading in these schools, educators report not only improved reading skills and test scores but also increased engagement, comprehension, ownership, and critical thinking that spill over into student work in other subjects. Access to these digital tools and libraries is opening doors to the world and to the future. N.Y.C. Schools’ Carmen Fariña Turns a Page on E-books. Brooklyn native Carmen Fariña became chancellor of the New York City Department of Education in January 2014, after nearly 50 years working and earning accolades throughout the city in such positions as teacher, principal, district superintendent, and deputy chancellor for teaching and learning.
Her district, the largest in the United States, serves 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. Among the priorities she has emphasized since assuming her position are collaboration, trust, and accountability in the education system, and “rigorous Common Core–based standards to raise student achievement.” Early in her term she has been lauded for her role in overseeing the expansion of prekindergarten for all four-year-olds and creating a new department to support English-language learners. How do the use of e-books and the technology surrounding them align with your goals for N.Y.C. public schools?
Gender Differences in the Reading of E-Books: Investigating Children's Attitudes, Reading Behaviors and Outcomes, Educational Technology & Society, 2013. As indicated by some studies, the problem of "falling behind" often exists when using computer-assisted learning with children, and gender may be a factor in this.
While digital contents presented on various e-readers are promising replacements for paper-and-ink books, the question arises as to whether this emerging technology will have the same effect with boys and girls? Conventionally, boys are believed to have more aptitude for using computer and information technologies, and it is of interest to see if this is true when using e-books in an educational context. In this study, two investigations were conducted to explore children's attitudes, reading behaviors and outcomes in order to find out if there were any gender differences in the reading of e-books. The first investigation was conducted with 166 elementary school students to evaluate their attitudes towards reading with an Interactive E-book Learning System (IELS), a tailor-made e-book learning environment for children.
How Should Reading Be Taught in a Digital Era? Role of Parents and Annotation Sharing in Children’s Learning Behavior and. eBook Hook. The Effect of Embedded Text to Speech and Vocabulary Ebook.