The educational electronic book as a tool for supporting children's emergent literacy

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With computers penetrating ever more areas of everyday life, including that of children in all age groups, today's teachers are facing a new challenge: the effective use of innovative CD-ROM storybooks (eBooks) with young children in a classroom who have already been exposed to computers. In addition to their acquaintance with computers, these young children appear to be more cognitively receptive to written language than previous generations, a result we can attribute to changes embedded in the contemporary sociocultural environment (Neuman & Dickenson, 2001; Whitehurst & Lonigan, 2001). Yet, the creators of these books often overlook the need to integrate educational goals with the developmental capacities of young children (Haugland & Wright, 1997; Shamir & Korat, 2006). The purpose of this chapter is, therefore, to provide teachers with some guidance regarding eBook use in the kindergarten classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultimedia and Literacy Development
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Achievement for Young Learners
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)0203892151, 9781135859909
ISBN (Print)041598842X, 9780415988421
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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