Future Teachers of Tomorrow

The future of technology in the classroom

The Future of Digital Children’s Books October 23, 2012

The article, “The Future of Digital Children’s Books,” actually came as a surprise to me, as I continued reading through because I just assumed that digital books, in general, would be more preferred than regular paperback books. With all the new technologies, like cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc. that almost every person in the world owns and/or uses, I was expecting to read about how the future of digital children’s books is rising tremendously. The two important points that Tara Lazar describes about the problems that come along with digitalizing books, are how poorly imagined they could be, meaning that one function could do two different things, which could frustrate a child reading, and the other focusing on how the timing of stories can change, due to the vertical orientation of e-readers. Digital books are very hard to promote and sell, and Williams-Ng warns, “You need a hardcopy book to sell the digital book,” because the classic books are the only ones selling, but if new publishers do want just digitized books, they must think about interactivity at the very start of their creative process. No matter what the future may hold for digital books, people are always going to continue to read and write, which will hopefully benefit, as long as companies continue making new technological reading gadgets. 

      Tara Lazar has a great insight into the future of reading and writing, and she would be a great person to follow and learn interesting new topics of today’s education world.

 

Reading Eggs: Where Children Learn to Read

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Technology is growing faster than we may think, and it is quickly moving into classrooms, anywhere from kindergarten through college. I am one of those who has always thought I understood, and kept up with the most well-known, and widely used technologies, but that all changed a few days ago. I was overlooking my fiancée’s five-year-old son, a few days ago, while he was practicing and learning his letters and how to read, on a program called Reading Eggs. The program, Reading Eggs, is a website that is used in the kindergarten classrooms, and continues on through Elementary school, which provides the students with a variety of different aspects of learning their letters and reading. The site uses everything from drawing, reading aloud, interesting reading games and activities to help engage the students, to motivating songs and rewards to get students proud to be learning. When the students first start using Reading Eggs, they are given a username and password to sign in, where they have their own account and a fun map that keeps track of their journeys and makes sure that the students are on their most suitable level. The students are given simple placement test that ensure that they are on the correct path and level for their age group.

            In conclusion, I truly feel that this is an amazing program for not only the students’ benefits, but to help teachers with the complications that come along with teaching how to read, as well. I am so glad that I am able to engage and learn, while helping my future step son continue his long journey of learning how to read and write, with Reading Eggs. I think that this experience will help me tremendously with my future career as an Elementary school teacher because it adds another technology, to the list of many, which will be very useful in my classroom.