ERIC Number: EJ1073402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
E-Books and Audiobooks: Extending the Digital Reading Experience
Larson, Lotta C.
Reading Teacher, v69 n2 p169-177 Sep-Oct 2015
This article examines how sixth-grade students navigated and perceived a combined e-book and audiobook reading experience using Kindle Fires. While audiobooks and e-books are not new, little is known about students' use and perceptions of the combination of these two media, as the ability to synchronize audio contents with digital texts is rather innovative. In this study, students used e-book tools and features to customize the reading experience to suit individual needs. They also utilized Immersion Reading to listen to a professional narration and simultaneously read the digital text with synchronized highlighting. For many students, the combined reading/listening experience supported their reading stamina, vocabulary development, and reading motivation. Recent advancements in e-book technologies call for an aggressive research agenda and further studies to help students and educators effectively integrate digital reading across content areas.
Descriptors: Audio Books, Electronic Learning, Electronic Publishing, Handheld Devices, Learning Experience, Reading Achievement, Grade 6, Reading Strategies, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Reading Motivation, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences, Multimedia Materials, Reading Interests, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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