Towards an e-Book Instructional Model #oetc11 February 2, 2011 h"p://akronreadysteps.ning.com/
@brueckj23 h"p://brueckei.org/ Jeremy Brueck Co-‐Director, Akron Ready Steps – University of Akron
What is Akron Ready Steps? • A partnership between The University of Akron College of EducaNon, (UA) and Akron Summit Community AcNon, Inc (ASCA) • Akron Ready Steps (ARS) is a program that serves over 300 at risk children in ﬁve Head Start sites in high poverty communiNes 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; • acNve parent engagement; • and mobilizing the community around strong preschool literacy educaNon.
What are e-‐Books?
What is it we hope to have children learn using e-‐ Books?
What makes a good, workable, instrucNve, enjoyable e-‐Book for young children?
Do e-‐Books represent quality children’s literature?
Can e-‐Books support young children’s emerging literacy skills just like tradiNonal 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 e-‐Books 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 essenNal “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 convenNonal books that are a"racNve, 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 (instrucNon)