Key ideas from: iPads and Kindergarten: students’ literacy development, Matthew Jones

  • Schools need to embrace new technologies, such as iPads, and use this resource to enhance meaning making in early childhood literacy
  • Incorporates ‘child initiated play’ into literacy learning
  • Effective alternative to text based literacy learning practices, specifically in contexts of low SES and high ESL student
  • Oral language is critical and will have an impact on reading comprehension
  • Young children have an invisible backpack filled with a wide range of multiliterate practices
  • Literacy development is a social and cultural practice
  • “Making texts talk means learning to speak a texts thematic patterns” [Lemke, 1989, cited in Jones, M. 2012, p.55] In other words, students learn about language structure by actively creating texts.
  • iPads provide explicit scaffolding
  • Increases engagement and motivation

Jones, M. (2012), ipads and kindergarten- students literacy development, SCAN, 31(4), 31-40.

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