Towards an e-Book Quality Rating Tool EduCon 2.3 January 29, 2011 h"p://akronreadysteps.ning.com/
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.
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.
What are e-‐Books?
What is it we hope to have children learn using e-‐ Books?
What makes a good, workable, instrucBve, enjoyable e-‐Book for young children?
Do eBooks represent quality children’s literature?
Can eBooks support young children’s emerging literacy skills just like tradiBonal storybook reading can do?
What might a high quality 21st century language and literacy-‐rich environment look like?
What do we need to consider in order to have quality and meaningful access to eBooks in an early elementary environment?
When do we need to employ e-‐books in an early elementary environment?
What do teachers need to know about teaching with e-‐Books?
What are the essenBal “digital elements” that we might ﬁnd in a high-‐quality e-‐Book for young children?
Are e-‐Books well-‐designed for use by young children, similar to convenBonal books that are a"racBve, easy to hold and manipulate?
Designing an e-‐Book Nook (learning space) e-Book Research Observing student behaviors (engagement)
Examining the Technology-‐ Mediated Environment (e-‐book) e-Book Research Observing teacher behaviors (instrucBon)