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Julianne Grasso

eBooks for Kids

by Julianne Grasso July 6, 2011
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While digital books and the devices to read them have been typically marketed at adults, children’s books are making their way into digital format. Possibilities for sound, animation, and interactivity have made touch-screen devices like the iPad and iPhone particularly engaging for children. I wondered if any of these interactive additions are particularly conducive to enhancing literacy skills. (After all, it may be difficult to justify purchasing an expensive gadget when you could easily get these books for free at your local library).

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Fight Monsters and Learn to Read: Literacy through Video Games

by Julianne Grasso June 2, 2011
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As a member of Generation Y, who came of age immersed in computers, television, and mp3 players, Rhonda Lauer’s recent post about learning with and through media makes total sense to me. I’ve got an audiobook on my iPod, a video game that’s supposed to teach me Japanese, and I watch the Discovery Channel (that counts, right?). I’m certainly not alone, considering the seemingly giant market for “edutainment.”

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