eBooks help build reading confidence, serve as a teaching aid and provide an opportunity for a brighter future for students
And, with the help of modern technology, they expand possibilities far outside what traditional books provide. If utilized correctly, eBooks can position students for early reading success. Two key benefits eBooks include:
“Flip the classroom”
For the first time, early readers can truly “flip the classroom.” Students can access books at home, and access assistance where needed. If a student gets stuck on a word, they can click said word, and the eBook will read the word for them. The words will highlight as the narrator reads them, which is fantastic for helping early readers with decoding.
In addition, the teacher can view which words a student clicked on and determine whether they retained the words they had trouble with. These features allow teachers to have a more holistic view of their student’s progress, and allows student to continue learning outside of the classroom.
The eBooks of today allow you to connect to a school or the eBook publisher’s Learning Management System (LMS). This connection allows teachers to track a student’s progress, how much they’ve been reading and even what they like to read. By reviewing LMS data teachers will not only be able to help students find and read books they will enjoy, but also will help select and assign books that are on a students’ reading level.
With access to the internet and any internet compatible device, teachers and students have more opportunities to achieve reading success than ever before. eBooks enable students to learn at their own pace on their own time by use of “flip the classroom.” And, for teachers, eBook’s linking with LMS provides an accurate and more streamlined way to track progress of early readers.
In the future, eBooks will provide even more opportunity by engaging the built-in, forward facing camera to track a child’s eye movement as they read which aids in the earlier diagnosis of dyslexia. eBooks for early readers help build reading confidence, serve as a successful teaching aid and provide an opportunity for a brighter future for students at all reading levels.
John Cheary is the founder of K8e, the world’s first scalable production and distribution platform for the Interactive eBook market and CEO of John Marshall Media.