Subject Area

Elementary education

Description

Despite the popularity of e-readers and the enthusiasm of some for their use in secondary education, their utility in elementary education has not yet been systematically explored. Some advantages and disadvantages to teaching elementary literacy with e-readers are identified here. A convenience sample of ten teachers from a variety of different types of elementary schools and classrooms who were e-reader novices read a chapter of a grade-appropriate book on a Kindle and evaluated its use for their students. The teachers gave their opinions and ideas on how the devices could be implemented. Three specific technological affordances of an e-reader that carry pedagogical implications are discussed: the text-to-speech and dictionary functions, and the idea of unlimited access to books.

Publication Date

2012

Type

Article

Format

Text

.pdf

Identifier

DOI

10.1007/s10639-012-9188-x

Language

English

Comments

This is a post-print of the article, Teachers’ thoughts on e-readers in the elementary school classroom, published in the journal Education and Information Technologies, 2012. The content of the article is the same as the published version, the formatting may be slightly different.