Multimedia and Literacy Development: Improving Achievement for Young Learners / Edition 1

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Representing the state of the art in multimedia applications and their promise for enhancing early literacy development, this volume broadens the field of reading research by looking beyond print-only experiences to young readers' encounters with multimedia stories on the Internet and DVD. Multimedia storybooks include, in addition to static pictures and written text, features such as oral text, animations, sounds, zooms,
and scaffolds designed to help convey meaning. These features are changing how young children read text, and also provide technology-based scaffolds for helping struggling readers.

Multimedia and
Literacy Development
reports experimental research and practices with multimedia stories indicating that new dimensions of media contribute to young children's ability to understand stories and to read texts independently. This is the first synthesis of evidence-based research in this field. Four key themes are highlighted:

  • Understanding the multimedia environment for learning
  • Designing multimedia applications for learning
  • New approaches to storybook reading
  • Multimedia applications in classroom instruction.

Written in jargon-free language for an international audience of students in university courses on literacy and information technology, researchers, policymakers, program developers, and media specialists, this volume is essential reading for all professionals interested in early literacy and early interventions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book’s structure facilitates reader engagement and reader access to the broader picture...This book will strongly appeal to scholars, classroom practitioners and the wider education community."--Marie Martin, British Journal of Educational Technology 2009, Vol 40: No 6, 1142-1143

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415988414
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adriana G. Bus is Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Currently she is working with computer experts, instructional designers, and content specialists on building an Internet environment to promote rich literacy experiences for young children.

Susan B. Neuman is Professor in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA, specializing in early literacy development. Previously, she directed the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) and served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Adriana G. Bus Bus, Adriana G. Susan B. Neuman Neuman, Susan B. 1

Pt. I Understanding the Multimedia Environment for Learning 13

1 Special Audience, Special Concerns: Children and the Media Ellen Wartella Wartella, Ellen Rebekah A. Richert Richert, Rebekah A. 15

2 Digital Beginnings: Young Children's Use of Popular Culture, Media and New Technologies in Homes and Early Years Settings Jackie Marsh Marsh, Jackie 28

3 The Case for Multimedia Presentations in Learning: A Theory of Synergy Susan B. Neuman Neuman, Susan B. 44

4 Cognitive Processes During Reading: Implications for the Use of Multimedia to Foster Reading Comprehension Paul Van Den Broek Van Den Broek, Paul Panayiota Kendeou Kendeou, Panayiota Mary Jane White White, Mary Jane 57

Pt. II Designing Multimedia Applications for Learning 75

5 The eBook as a Learning Object in an Online World Kathleen Roskos Roskos, Kathleen Jeremy Brueck Brueck, Jeremy 77

6 A New Look at an Old Format: Eye Tracking Studies of Shared Book Reading and the Implications for eBooks and eBook Research Mary Ann Evans Evans, Mary Ann Annie Roy-Charland Roy-Charland, Annie Jean Saint-Aubin Saint-Aubin, Jean 89

7 Learning from Interactive Vocabulary Books in Kindergarten: Looking Back, Looking Forward Eliane Segers Segers, Eliane 112

8 Struggling Readers and Multimedia Victor H. P. Van Daal Van Daal, Victor H. P. 124

9 Old and New Media in the Lives of Young Disadvantaged Bilingual Children Paul P. M. Leseman Leseman, Paul P. M. Aziza Y. Mayo Mayo, Aziza Y. Anna P. Scheele Scheele, Anna P. 135

Pt. III New Approaches to Storybook Reading 151

10 How Onscreen Storybooks Contribute to Early LiteracyAdriana G. Bus Bus, Adriana G. Marian J. A. J. Verhallen Verhallen, Marian J. A. J. Maria T. De Jong De Jong, Maria T. 153

11 The Educational Electronic Book as a Tool for Supporting Children's Emergent Literacy Adina Shamir Shamir, Adina Ofra Korat Korat, Ofra 168

12 Effects of Television on Language and Literacy Development Yuuko Uchikoshi Uchikoshi, Yuuko 182

13 "Let's do the Computer Story Again, Nana": A Case Study of how a 2-Year-Old and his Grandmother Shared Thinking Spaces during Multiple Shared Readings of an Electronic Story Linda D. Labbo Labbo, Linda D. 196

Pt. IV Multimedia Applications in Classroom Instruction 211

14 Embedded Multimedia: Using Video to Enhance Reading Outcomes in Success for All Bette Chambers Chambers, Bette Alan Cheung Cheung, Alan Nancy A. Madden Madden, Nancy A. Robert E. Slavin Slavin, Robert E. Richard Gifford Gifford, Richard 213

15 Computer-Assisted Tutoring in Success for All: Two Studies of Reading Outcomes for First Graders Bette Chambers Chambers, Bette Robert E. Slavin Slavin, Robert E. Nancy A. Madden Madden, Nancy A. Philip C. Abrami Abrami, Philip C. Bradley J. Tucker Tucker, Bradley J. Alan Cheung Cheung, Alan 224

16 Can an Intervention Program in Kindergarten Augment the Effects of Educational TV and Websites in Promoting Literacy? Iris Levin Levin, Iris Michal Schleifer Schleifer, Michal Rachel Levin Levin, Rachel Tali Freund Freund, Tali 238

17 Use of Electronic Storybooks in Reading Instruction: From Theory to Practice Michael C. McKenna McKenna, Michael C. Tricia A. Zucker Zucker, Tricia A. 254

Afterword Adriana G. Bus Bus, Adriana G. Susan B. Neuman Neuman, Susan B. 273

Index 285

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