E-Books in the Elementary School: Strategies & Resources for Supporting Reading Development Developed by Suzanne M. Rose, Ph.D. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania ACEI Convention April 2010 Phoenix, AZ. E-Books in the Elementary School. This presentation is designed to:
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Strategies & Resources
Suzanne M. Rose, Ph.D.
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
April 2010 Phoenix, AZ
This presentation is designed to:
E-Books are texts that are available online,
are downloadable, or which are available in
They can be read online or with the use
of a specific “e-book reader.”
There are several commercially available “e-book readers,” including the popular Kindle, nook, iPad and Sony Reader.
While these have some advantages and special features, they tend to be too expensive for classroom usage at this time.
It is NOT necessary to use an e-book reader in order to use e-books!
E-books can be read online using a computer, which makes them more readily available for most classrooms.
At the end of this presentation, numerous resources for locating FREE e-books online will be provided!
E-books can be used in a variety of ways to:
When working with very young children, use your computer and a projector (or whiteboard) to display an e-book for the entire class.
You can then use the e-book
in the same ways as you would
a “big book” for literacy instruction.
E-books projected in this way can be used to:
E-books which are read aloud to the students online can be used to support emergent readers and English Language Learners.
Commercial e-book readers can provide integrated dictionaries and other tools that can help students identify unknown words during reading.
Although most online e-books do not have these features, free online e-books ARE available in a variety of languages.
With upper elementary students, e-books can be downloaded into a word processing program, divided into sections, and used to develop illustrated books, classroom plays, or instructional activities.
Since e-books are available 24/7/365, parents can be encouraged to utilize free e-book sites at home.
This builds family literacy activities and provides out-of-school reading practice for students.
Public-domain e-books can be downloaded or printed and used as the basis for classroom reading activities such as:
After students are familiar with online storybooks, have them use presentation software such as PowerPoint (or the free OpenOffice.com presentation software) to create their own digital storybooks.
They can use clip art or digital photos to illustrate their own writing and can also record themselves reading the stories. These digital books can be used to create a classroom virtual library.
"Teachers and researchers agree that today's students need and deserve the skills, strategies, and insights to successfully exploit the rapidly changing information and communication technologies that continually emerge in the world. As a result, literacy educators of all grade levels are recognizing the need to respond to the changing array of media technologies and resources used both within and outside of the classroom to make education more responsive to today's learners." (Larson, 2008, p. 121)
Larson, L.C. (2008). Electronic Reading Workshop: Beyond Books with New Literacies and Instructional Technology. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(2), 121-131.
There are many websites that are excellent sources of FREE e-books!
These books can be read online
or downloaded to be used on a computer without an internet connection.
Project Gutenberg is a website that provides over 30,000 FREE e-books that can be read using an e-book reader or a computer.
The New York Public Library sponsors a site that provides free children’s books online.
These illustrated books are read aloud to the students.
The “Tumblebooks” feature prominent children’s authors and are of a very high quality. There are also puzzles and games for some of the books.
The Rosetta Project provides historical (antique) illustrated children’s books online, including vintage children’s readers. It is a great resource for children’s literature courses or for use with elementary students who are studying a particular historical era.
Story Place: The Children’s Digital Library, is sponsored by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, NC. It presents stories in both English and Spanish, and includes stories for very young children.
The Online Books Page, founded by John Mark Ockerbloom and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, provides searchable access to over 35,000 FREE books that can be read using an e-book reader or a computer.
The Online Literature Library, sponsored by Knowledge Matters Ltd., provides a large number of classic books in e-book format, accessible through title and author lists.
Magic Keys is a website that has picture books
for younger readers to read online. This is a
commercial site, so be sure to click on the “Free Storybooks to Read” link.
The International Children’s Digital Library provides access to a variety of children’s literature from around the world. It provides picture books and chapter books.
This resource is especially good for teachers of English Language Learners, as texts are available in a variety of languages.
SearchLIT.org is a great resource for teachers. The site provides grade level information and links to books on other free e-book sites.
In addition to the eLibrary, the site also provides resources for teachers and students.
Sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild, StoryLine Online features videos of actors and actresses reading aloud well-known children’s books.
Bookhive: Zinger Tales features videos of traditional tales being told by professional story tellers.
Read.gov features classic books, author webcasts, booklists, information about services for the blind and physically handicapped, and other literacy-related information.
The classic books section is extensive and features books for kids, teens and adults. http://read.gov/
Clifford the Big Red Dog
(online stories and activities)
RIF Reading Planet
Features books, authors and activities
Lists of websites that provide free e-books
Over 26,000 free e-books
These resources are mostly for older students or adult readers.
BAB Online Stories for Kids