The New York Times recently published an intriguing story questioning whether “e-reading” is story time or just screen time.
The answer, researchers say, is not yet entirely clear. “We know how children learn to read,” said Kyle Snow, the applied research director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “But we don’t know how that process will be affected by digital technology.”
Part of the problem is the newness of the devices. Tablets and e-readers have not been in widespread use long enough for the sorts of extended studies that will reveal their effects on learning.
Our app is designed to be as close to the experience of the pages of a print book; we value the relationship of words to images on the page for beginning readers’ acquisition of reading.
We advocate that any book or electronic book reader be used with direct parental or teacher involvement. We believe strongly that sharing the reading experience is the key to building a child’s love of reading.
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