Multimodal children’s e-books help young learners

Abstract: Many children struggle with reading and are seldom engaged in this process when teachers assign them to read. Young learners may lack motivation to read an dislike this activity because they have had frequently have unpleasant experiences with reading. If educators fail to provide support for struggling readers, these pupils will likely experience academic problems in later years. One strategy that instructors can implement to provide help for students who perform poorly in reading is to teach reading with multimodal e-books. Multimodal e-books are interactive electronic resources that combine text with sound, animation, and images and often include text that is read aloud and highlighted. The purpose of this article is to discuss how teachers can use multimodal e-books to help children make academic gains in reading and to provide guidelines for selecting good interactive e-books.

Also: Touch and Spell and Swipe and Read functions have specific benefits. When children click on a letter, they hear the correct pronunciation of the letter, and they can also see a word that starts with that letter. The word is spelled aloud, and animation is included as the word is defined. This helps to prepare early learners for reading, children tend to enjoy it and its use promotes letter recognition and phonemic awareness.

Multimodal Children’s E-Books Help Young Learners in Reading, Hani Morgan Early Childhood Education Journal (2013) 41:477–483