Enriched eBooks


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Jessica Wollman
Storia’s enriched eBooks service the primary goal of supporting a child’s literacy development by offering a young reader a deeper level of engagement with eBooks. All enrichment activities were designed and tested with input from teachers and kids, as well as internal and external educational advisors.

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Enriched eBooks

  1. 1. Enriched eBooks INTRODUCTION & ROADMAP
  2. 2. WHAT IS STORIA? Building a Culture of Readers
  3. 3. STORIA PILOT TEST Tested key benefits with over 2,000 teachers and 2,000 parents. Parent Feedback: Recognized Storia’s potential to make reading more fun for kids, encourage them to read more and help them reinforce reading skills Teacher Feedback: Storia’s functionality could motivate a child to read more
  4. 4. STORIA eBOOKS: CONTENT • Over 4000 eBooks available • Over 900 enriched eBooks The success of any eReading platform is only as strong as its library. 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they chose
  5. 5. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE ONE PRODUCT GOALS & PEDAGOGY • Design a spectrum of technologies that can enable interaction and personalization • Allow kids to engage more deeply with eBooks • Offer audio support for early and emerging readers, via a “read to me” feature • Add value to eBooks by increasing their re-read-ability • Enrichment Activities do not interfere with the book layout. They appear over existing pages, the design and text remain intact. • Parents/teachers control access to enrichments (turn on/off). Product Goals
  6. 6. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE ONE PRODUCT GOALS & PEDAGOGY Pedagogy • Learning objectives were designed in concert with literacy experts and educational leaders • The five key areas of literacy development (vocabulary, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension) informed the design and functionality of all activities • Game engines reinforce specific book content and themes • Enrichments can be customized to meet a child at their specific reading age and stage
  7. 7. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE TWO RESEARCH & ROADMAP Operating Rule: Iterate the technology to address new and specific editorial needs and learning goals RESEARCH SUMMER 2012 •Enrichment Analysis: Worked with reading and technology experts as well as several classroom teachers to review, validate and better level the current suite of enrichments. •Developed editorial guidelines to address CCSS. •Audio Analysis: Worked with music and literacy experts to confirm developmentally appropriate tempo and pacing of audio books. SPRING 2012 Extensive research with Storia’s teacher advisory board reinforced that enriched eBooks (“the lightning bolt books” ) are the most desired eBooks.
  8. 8. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE TWO RESEARCH & ROADMAP • Integrate current research and advisor recommendations into the enrichment process. • Use enrichments to support and extend learning: increase reading fluency and comprehension, and help young readers make connections, inferences and draw conclusions. • Address the “distractibility” issue: sharpen focus on placement of enrichments in eBooks, sharpen focus on comprehension of a specific eBook. • Sharpen focus on CCSS. • Increased audio support for longer and more complex texts. • All learning objectives service the primary goal of supporting a child’s literacy development and encouraging the “reading habit”. PEDAGOGY Who said lightning never strikes twice?
  9. 9. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE TWO RESEARCH & ROADMAP ROADMAP • With input from educational advisors and key Scholastic stakeholders, new interactions will feature: • A selection of activities designed to increase classroom use of Storia, including new templates that focus on Common Core Standards and an assessment orientation that feeds into the Dashboard • A variety of enrichments that support chapter books • New use of videos (context creation for fiction and non-fiction books, adding VO, additional support for non-fiction titles, combining video with a writing activity) • Writing activity/activities • Refinements to existing engines • Increase teacher support: Create resources for educators that offer teaching strategies and lessons explicitly focused on classroom use of enriched eBooks.
  10. 10. STORIA eBOOKS: PHASE TWO RESEARCH & ROADMAP Where the magic really happens: enrichment activities that motivate young readers and support and extend their reading experience. 67% of kids and 71% of parents note the importance of interactive activities in eBooks that scaffold literacy skills
  11. 11. ENRICHED eBOOKS: TEACHER AND ADVISOR FEEDBACK Linda Foote Technology Integration Specialist Poway Unified School District Overall, the activities are quite solid pedagogically. Children can engage with high- quality books by having the book read aloud, or they can read it on their own. In either case they can play games and interact with book-related ideas through “lightning bolt activities,” all of which have the potential to reinforce important vocabulary words as well as concepts from the book...The read-aloud feature has high production values. The actors’ narrations are age-appropriate and appealing. Megan Power Classroom Teacher San Diego CA Oh, and we really do love it that Scholastic is working to not only engage students but to provide resources, scaffolding, and extra tools that take advantage of what you can do with digital books to increase student learning. Most e-books are simply flat PDFs of textbooks that don't utilize any of the media tools (video, audio, dictionary, etc) that can help more students access texts and become better readers. We also love it that in some of the early readers and picture books, it seems that the interactivities were chosen to build on each other and provide scaffolding in a sequence that can increase the possibilities for students to experience greater success. First pictures are introduced and students just select the right picture to match an audio word. Later they have to match it to the written word. Those books are remarkable examples of how technology can be used to increase a student's engagement AND skills. Julie Wood, PhD Director, Three to Third Harvard University Thank you so much for including teachers in this process of development. I love Storia and am looking forward to all of your future additions!