ERIC Number: EJ1036224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Touch Screen Tablets and Emergent Literacy
Neumann, Michelle M.; Neumann, David L.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v42 n4 p231-239 Jul 2014
The use of touch screen tablets by young children is increasing in the home and in early childhood settings. The simple tactile interface and finger-based operating features of tablets may facilitate preschoolers' use of tablet application software and support their educational development in domains such as literacy. This article reviews current findings on using touch screen tablets in supporting early literacy development within a theoretical framework. The evidence suggests that tablets have the potential to enhance children's emergent literacy skills (e.g., alphabet knowledge, print concepts, and emergent writing). However, the optimal use of tablets for early literacy learning may be dependent upon the type of scaffolding used by parent or teacher and the availability and quality of literacy tablet applications. Practical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Young Children, Literacy, Alphabets, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Parents as Teachers, Preschool Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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