A whole new world of eBooks and learning

Using eBooks in SchoolsThe world of eBooks has changed hugely over the last few years.

With the Kindle being the number one Christmas gift in 2011, eBooks are quickly becoming part of everyday life. But how can we use them to enhance children’s learning?

Over several years of working with teachers and literacy experts, Rising Stars has seen how using eBooks with struggling readers (particularly boys) can make a huge difference to their attainment levels.

Where they may be reluctant to pick up a hard copy book, many turned-off older boys are happy to get on the PC or eReader and have a go at reading on screen.

They are engaged and switched on to the world of words in a completely different way!

And that engagement doesn’t have to exclude hard copy books, as hopefully once their reading level improves they can go on to enjoy reading across a whole range of media.

Helen Nelson, Marketing Manager, Rising Stars

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Taking the Kindle for a test drive

Mystery Mob on the KindleI borrowed the work Kindle at the weekend to have a little play for myself. I am considering buying one but wasn’t sure whether or not I would like it, so I decided to make use of company resources to help me decide.

We have a Kindle in the office that we take to events or to school visits to demonstrate how our hi-low readers can be viewed upon it.  So the choice of pre-installed reading material was a bit limited, but I managed to find a copy of Pride and Prejudice in amongst the Download and Survival.

I am pleased to report that I really liked the Kindle. It was perfect for my train commute and I found the screen very easy on the eye.

However I did experience an unexpected problem in the form of my ten year old son.  Cameron is a reluctant reader – aside from the occasional Match of the Day magazine he would rather do anything but read.  I showed him the Matt Merton books that were loaded on the device because he has read these with me in the past and quite enjoyed them.

When I went upstairs some three hours later I found Cameron sitting in my bed reading the Kindle. Not only that, he had migrated from Matt Merton to an unabridged version of The Jungle Book (way above his usual standard of reading material) and was most put-out when I made him put it away (it was 11pm!). He now tells me he wants a Kindle for Christmas.

At Rising Stars we have long discussed the link between e-books and re-engaging struggling readers and now I have seen the proof in my own house.   So I will be purchasing a Kindle after all, but I might have to fight my son for use of it.

Julia Garvey, Marketing Manager, Rising Stars

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