Raising ‘App-y’ Readers
Apps to build early literacy skills

Clara Hendricks, Children’s Librarian
Wellesley Free Library
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Technology and the Young Child
All screens are not created equal
Tablets/smartphones are multi-functional: camera,
notepad...
Content, Context, Child
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Content

• Thoughtfully assess apps, rather than just setting time limits
• Anything can call i...
Technology and the Real World
Quality apps give kids tools that they
can’t access in the “real-world”
• Make connections b...
Apps for babies?
• AAP says no screen time under 2 but…
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Research based on TV doesn’t always apply to interactive
techno...
Swimming in a sea of apps:
criteria for choosing quality apps
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Option to turn sound/narration on/off
No ad...
App Reviews
• Common Sense Media:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/
• Reading Rockets:

http://www.readingrockets.org/teac...
Developing Early Literacy Skills

TALKING
SINGING
READING
WRITING
PLAYING
Apps to talk with:
Storytelling & drawing apps

Doodlecast for Kids

Draw & Tell

Sock Puppets - FREE
Apps to talk with:
Apps that build vocabulary
& letter knowledge

My A-Z

Tiny Tap - FREE
Apps to sing with:

My First Songs

Mother Goose on the
Loose Feltboard -FREE

Wee Sing A-B-C

Look for song apps where th...
Apps to sing with:
Grow a Reader - FREE

Everyday Grooves - FREE
Apps to read with:
Whenever possible,
choose book apps with:
•Options to turn off
automatic narration

International
Child...
Apps to read with:

Sandra Boynton book-apps

Book apps by Nosy Crow

The Book of Holes

Byron Barton book-apps

Dr. Seuss...
Apps to write with:
Drawing/scribbling apps

Drawing Pad
Drawing with Carl

Doodle Monkey - FREE

Fingerpaint with Sounds ...
Apps to write with:
Apps that teach letters & numbers

Beginning Writing Letters & Numbers
Interactive Alphabet

Intro to ...
Apps to play with:
Games that build vocabulary/background knowledge

Make It Pop!

Big Baby

Max & Ruby Science Educationa...
Apps to play with:
Apps that encourage play in the “real
world”

Alien Assignment - FREE

Play and Learn - FREE
Questions?
My contact information:
Clara Hendricks, Children’s Librarian
Wellesley Free Library
781-235-1610 x 1108
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  1. 1. Raising ‘App-y’ Readers Apps to build early literacy skills Clara Hendricks, Children’s Librarian Wellesley Free Library January 27, 2014
  2. 2. Technology and the Young Child All screens are not created equal Tablets/smartphones are multi-functional: camera, notepad, picture book, TV, arcade, etc. • Tablets are more developmentally appropriate • Engage with your child when using technology • “Technology Pyramid” – provide healthy doses of Photo by Joe Shlabotnik ‘nourishing’ choices • Limit screen time before bed • •
  3. 3. Content, Context, Child • Content • Thoughtfully assess apps, rather than just setting time limits • Anything can call itself ‘educational’ • Context • In what context is the app being used? • What role does technology play in the child’s life? • Child • Children have individual developmental needs Guernsey, L. (2012). Screen time: How electronic media-from baby videos to educational software-affects your young child. New York: Basic Books.
  4. 4. Technology and the Real World Quality apps give kids tools that they can’t access in the “real-world” • Make connections between technology and real-life experiences • Use technology to enhance, not replace real-life experiences. • https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=UnyHMSz7JDE •
  5. 5. Apps for babies? • AAP says no screen time under 2 but… • Research based on TV doesn’t always apply to interactive technology • NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center: Interactive media use under 2 should be interactive and strengthen adult-child relationships. "Position Statement." Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. NAEYC & fRED ROGERS CENTER, January 2 2012. Web. 15 Oct 2013. <http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/ PS_technology_WEB2.pdf>.
  6. 6. Swimming in a sea of apps: criteria for choosing quality apps • • • • • • • • Option to turn sound/narration on/off No ads or push-to-buy Ease of use Plain, clear, legible fonts Not busy/distracting Lasting power Supports exploration, creativity, interaction Don’t use an app if there is a better real-life solution
  7. 7. App Reviews • Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ • Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101/literacyapps/ • Parents’ Choice: http://www.parents-choice.org/ • Digital Storytime http://digital-storytime.com/
  8. 8. Developing Early Literacy Skills TALKING SINGING READING WRITING PLAYING
  9. 9. Apps to talk with: Storytelling & drawing apps Doodlecast for Kids Draw & Tell Sock Puppets - FREE
  10. 10. Apps to talk with: Apps that build vocabulary & letter knowledge My A-Z Tiny Tap - FREE
  11. 11. Apps to sing with: My First Songs Mother Goose on the Loose Feltboard -FREE Wee Sing A-B-C Look for song apps where the lyrics are displayed and highlighted as the song is sung!
  12. 12. Apps to sing with: Grow a Reader - FREE Everyday Grooves - FREE
  13. 13. Apps to read with: Whenever possible, choose book apps with: •Options to turn off automatic narration International Children’s Digital Library - FREE •Individual word highlighting •Animated/interactive features that do not distract from the story. Overdrive Media Console - FREE
  14. 14. Apps to read with: Sandra Boynton book-apps Book apps by Nosy Crow The Book of Holes Byron Barton book-apps Dr. Seuss book-apps
  15. 15. Apps to write with: Drawing/scribbling apps Drawing Pad Drawing with Carl Doodle Monkey - FREE Fingerpaint with Sounds - FREE
  16. 16. Apps to write with: Apps that teach letters & numbers Beginning Writing Letters & Numbers Interactive Alphabet Intro to Letters Numberland
  17. 17. Apps to play with: Games that build vocabulary/background knowledge Make It Pop! Big Baby Max & Ruby Science Educational Games
  18. 18. Apps to play with: Apps that encourage play in the “real world” Alien Assignment - FREE Play and Learn - FREE
  19. 19. Questions? My contact information: Clara Hendricks, Children’s Librarian Wellesley Free Library 781-235-1610 x 1108 chendricks@minlib.net www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org

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