This presentation was delivered to EICE 2014 (http://educationinnovation.co.uk) and later as an updated webinar in December 2014.
Watch the recorded presentation here: http://youtu.be/McBuVj3RuCA.
The benefits of using an e-reader go far beyond mere convenience of not having to carry bulky volumes. An e-ink device like the Kindle, a tablet or even just a smartphone, all of these are making a huge difference to many struggling readers. They do it by allowing customisation of the way text is displayed, making it possible to listen while reading or even instead of reading, and not least importantly how much is in front of the reader's eyes at any one moment.
This session will provide a survey of the latest hardware, software as well as the best sources of accessible documents. We will cover the pros and cons of different types of screens, best reading software for the iPad and Android tablets, and best ways of getting your e-books from anywhere onto your device. Finally, we will address ways of making the most out of an e-reading device in the school environment.
Parts of this session were developed for the Load2Learn project and parts during the iLearnRW project.
Long battery life
Short(er) battery life
Thousands of apps
Audio, video, web cam
Customisation (Font size, type,
Easier to get and carry books
Chunking (less threatening to read)
Additional support (Dictionary,
There is some research to indicate
that reading text in very small
chunks is beneficial for dyslexic
readers with processing difficulties.
For these readers, even reading on a
phone would be beneficial.