Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children's Literacy, Study Finds

The Digital Shift
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study printed in the January 2014 edition of the peer-reviewed journal SAGE Open. The report examines how different digital tools —an iPad, an iPod, and a tabletop touchscreen computer — capture and hold children's attention to print media delivered electronically. the authors speculate that the "spatial and temporal synchrony" of children looking, listening, and touching while reading may be the "sweet spot" that garners their "attention to e-text in ways that support early literacy experience and learning."

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943