Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

by Lisa Guernsey, Michael H. Levine


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A guide to promoting literacy in the digital age

With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos, and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes—if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. Tap, Click, Read gives educators and parents the tools and information they need to help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital, and everything in between.

In Tap, Click, Read authors Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine envision a future that is human-centered first and tech-assisted second. They document how educators and parents can lead a new path to a place they call 'Readialand'—a literacy-rich world that marries reading and digital media to bring knowledge, skills, and critical thinking to all of our children. This approach is driven by the urgent need for low-income children and parents to have access to the same 21st-century literacy opportunities already at the fingertips of today's affluent families.With stories from homes, classrooms and cutting edge tech labs, plus accessible translation of new research and compelling videos, Guernsey and Levine help educators, parents, and America's leaders tackle the questions that arise as digital media plays a larger and larger role in children's lives, starting in their very first years of life.

Tap, Click, Read includes an analysis of the exploding app marketplace and provides useful information on new review sites and valuable curation tools. It shows what to avoid and what to demand in today's apps and e-books—as well as what to seek in community preschools, elementary schools and libraries. Peppered with the latest research from fields as diverse as neuroscience and behavioral economics and richly documented examples of best practices from schools and early childhood programs around the country, Tap, Click, Read will show you how to:

  • Promote the adult-child interactions that help kids grow into strong readers
  • Learn how to use digital media to build a foundation for reading and success
  • Discover new tools that open up avenues for creativity, critical thinking, and knowledge-building that today's children need

The book's accompanying website keeps you updated on new research and provides vital resources to help parents, schools and community organizations.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Guernsey and Levine provide an exhaustive, comprehensible resource for parents and educators, offering distinct approaches and tools on how to help children become strong readers, despite the often overwhelming influence of digital media. Although the book is focused primarily on research studies (numerous studies about the connection between digital literacy and technology are cited), the text is accessible and free of jargon. Through a simple and convincing scaffolding method, educators will be better informed on the choices that young learners have in terms of digital texts. Those who work with media and books for young children will learn ways to establish positive reading habits. This title will benefit those who are interested in studies on digital literacy and its relation to educational programming, including television, mobile apps, websites, and digital games. VERDICT Strongly recommended for those concerned with the effect of literacy on young children in light of new technology and for laying out ways that educators can encourage literacy in the home, classroom, and community as a whole. Suggested for librarians, media specialists, ELA teachers and administrators, and literacy and reading coaches.—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119091899
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 996,023
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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