Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Going Digital... Some New Plugged-In Approaches To Children's and Teen Literature

To note...

Technology to choose a story

Smart PJs are pajamas covered with different patterns of dots.  Scan a pattern (like a QR code) and it selects a "fun and educational" bedtime story on your smartphone.

Technology to supplement a story

BYOOK offers "snack reading" - short smartphone and tablet reading experiences that "bring books to life with graphics, animation, and sound effects."

Technology to share a story

Kindoma Storytime  is an app that combines reading an e-book online with video chat so you can read the same book with someone a world away.  It even lets you see what the other person is pointing to.

Are these gimmicks or inspired forays into the new frontier?  Or, just maybe, both?

Illustrate and Write On,

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