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  • 1. Towards an e-Book Quality Rating Tool EduCon 2.3 January 29, 2011 h"p://akronreadysteps.ning.com/    
  • 2. What  is  Akron  Ready  Steps?   •  A  partnership  between  The  University  of   Akron  College  of  EducaBon,  (UA)  and   Akron  Summit  Community  AcBon,  Inc   (ASCA)     •  Akron  Ready  Steps  (ARS)  is  a  program   that  serves  over  300  at  risk  children  in   five  Head  Start  sites  in  high  poverty   communiBes  in  Akron,  OH.  
  • 3. ARS  Program  Goals   •  high  priority  knowledge  and  skills  preschoolers   need  to  learn;     •  high  priority  knowledge  and  skills  teachers/ teacher  assistants  need  to  teach;     •  the  design  of  high  quality  21st  century  language   and  literacy-­‐rich  environments;     •  acBve  parent  engagement;     •  and  mobilizing  the  community  around  strong   preschool  literacy  educaBon.  
  • 4. What  are  e-­‐Books?  
  • 5. What  is  it  we  hope  to  have  children  learn  using  e-­‐ Books?  
  • 6. What  makes  a  good,  workable,  instrucBve,  enjoyable   e-­‐Book  for  young  children?  
  • 7. Do  eBooks  represent  quality  children’s  literature?    
  • 8. Can  eBooks  support  young  children’s  emerging  literacy  skills  just  like  tradiBonal  storybook  reading  can  do?  
  • 9. What  might  a  high  quality  21st  century  language  and  literacy-­‐rich  environment  look  like?  
  • 10. What  do  we  need  to  consider  in  order  to  have  quality  and   meaningful  access  to  eBooks  in  an  early  elementary   environment?  
  • 11. When  do  we  need  to  employ  e-­‐books  in  an  early   elementary  environment?  
  • 12. What  do  teachers  need  to  know  about  teaching  with  e-­‐Books?  
  • 13. What  are  the  essenBal  “digital  elements”  that  we  might   find  in  a  high-­‐quality  e-­‐Book  for  young  children?  
  • 14. Are  e-­‐Books  well-­‐designed  for  use  by  young  children,  similar  to  convenBonal  books  that  are  a"racBve,  easy  to  hold  and  manipulate?    
  • 15. Designing  an  e-­‐Book   Nook   (learning  space)  e-Book Research Observing  student   behaviors   (engagement)  
  • 16. Examining  the  Technology-­‐ Mediated  Environment   (e-­‐book)  e-Book Research Observing  teacher   behaviors   (instrucBon)  
  • 17. Visit  h"p://akronreadysteps.ning.com/     h"p://akronreadysteps.ning.com/