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New directions for early literacy in a digital age: the iPad

Flewitt, Rosie; Messer, David and Kucirkova, Natalia (2015). New directions for early literacy in a digital age: the iPad. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 15(3) pp. 289–310.

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss how iPads offer innovative opportunities for early literacy learning but also present challenges for teachers and children. We lent iPads to a Children’s Centre nursery (3- to 4-year-olds), a primary school reception class (4- to 5-year-olds) and a Special School (7- to 13-year-olds), discussed their potential uses with staff in pre- and post-interviews and observed how they were integrated into practice over a two-month period. We found variability in the ways iPads were used across the settings, but a commonality was that well-planned; iPad-based literacy activities stimulated children’s motivation and concentration. They also offered rich opportunities for communication, collaborative interaction, independent learning, and for children to achieve high levels of accomplishment. In some cases, this led teachers favourably to re-evaluate the children’s literacy competence, and enabled children to construct positive images of themselves in the literacy classroom. Practitioners particularly valued the opportunities iPads afforded to deliver curriculum guidelines in new ways, and to familiarise all students with touch-screen technologies.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-2919
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: early literacy; iPad; touch screen; apps; figured worlds; learning disabilities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 40612
Depositing User: Natalia Kucirkova
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 08:23
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 02:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40612
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