• EBook Exploration: How EBooks Support Emergent Literacy

      Shin, Dong-shin; Flynn, Amy; The College at Brockport (2013-05-01)
      Abstract This research study explores how eBooks support young children’s emergent literacy development. Specifically, it focuses on what kinds and modes are available in eBooks for young children, how eBooks motivate or engage students to read and write and how they support students’ decoding and comprehension skills through a home-based qualitative active inquiry. This study took place during hour long tutoring sessions held twice per week with two elementary aged siblings in an Upstate New York middle class home. The collected data included informal and field notes, student artifacts, comprehension conversations, and student interviews. One student enjoyed reading the eBooks and was motivated by them while the other enjoyed reading paper books better and was not motivated by the eBooks. It was found that some features of eBooks support student’s decoding and comprehension, while some modes of eBooks did not. Pre-teaching of eReader features and previewing the eBook help student comprehend the stories. Student comprehension was aided by the narration features of the eReaders, however animations in TumbleBooks interfered with one student’s comprehension. Use of the Table of Contents and picture cues also contributed to their understanding of eBooks. Finding an eBook at Student One’s reading level was challenging. Both students lost track of the words on the page at times. Technological issues interfered with book reading several times. The Read to Me narration options helped both students with word decoding, especially the beginning reader. More research is needed on how eBooks support student’s decoding and on how beneficial the narration features on eBooks are to beginning readers.
    • Pixel Is The New Print. How Electronic Books Support Emergent Literacy: A Case Study

      Robb, Susan; LeBeau, Samantha (2016-12-19)
      The purpose of this case study was to investigate how electronic books (ebooks) motivate and engage an emergent reader, as well as how ebooks support decoding and comprehension. Qualitative data was collected from one second grade female student. The results of the study indicated the participant displayed a strong preference to using ebooks over traditional paper books. The participant was highly motivated to use ebooks due to their novelty. The participant’s engagement was negatively effected by the technology, displaying more off task and distracting behaviors when reading from an ebook compared to a traditional paper text. The narration and pronunciation features ebooks offer deemed beneficial to the participant’s decoding skills. The narration feature of the ebooks also increased the participant’s reading comprehension compared to traditional paper text. It is recommended that teachers and educators must determine what features of ebooks are appropriate and effectively incorporate them into thoughtfully designed literacy instruction for each student, and must provide explicit instruction and model how to use the ebooks appropriately in order for student’s literacy skills to be positively affected.
    • Using Technology and Multimodal Literacy to Actively Engage Struggling and Disengaged Readers

      Joseph-McEwen, Debra A.; O'Donnell, Elizabeth K.; The College at Brockport (2015-06-29)
      The purpose of this study is to investigate how using technology, specifically BookFlix by Scholastic Inc. and Capstone Interactive Library impacts the engagement of struggling and disengaged readers. Struggling readers are at a great risk for failure and dropping out of school; therefore, using other resources such as digital literacy can aid in supporting readers who struggle to decode words and have trouble with fluency and comprehension. School library resources can provide students with eBooks that engage and enable readers to read a variety of books. Data was gathered through parent and student surveys, observations, interviews and student response journals. Through exploration and exposure to different genres of eBooks students were actively engaged by reading eBooks that supported their fluency and comprehension, and gave students an opportunity to participate in cooperative learning. Students gained a better understanding of eBooks as well as digital literacy skills that will benefit them in accessing literacy through different 21st century modes.