In Tap, Click, Read, literacy pioneers Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine invite educators, parents and media makers to join them in “Readialand” – a place where the traditional literacies of reading, writing and speaking meet technology at the intersection of child development, early learning, and digital media. Even as they identify and describe technology-mediated, evidence-based and developmentally informed products and practices, they remind us that what matters most for growing 21st century readers is the convergence of innovative tools and interventions with “human-powered” interactions and relationships between young children, parents and educators.
-Chip Donohue, PhD, director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute
Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine has been one of the TEC Center’s favorite #backtoschool reads this Fall. The book maps out a modern approach to helping children learn, with a particular emphasis on learning to read. Guernsey and Levine avoid the tired nagging of “no screen time” and the overheated enthusiasm over apps as the holy grail of early education. Their aim is to ensure that all children, regardless of their parents’ income, will gain the skills of 21stcentury literacy that come from the combination of parents, educators, and high-quality media.
More than two-thirds of American fourth graders are not reading at grade level or “proficiently,” according to the Nation’s Report card. For children in low-income families and children of color, the numbers are even worse: more than 80 percent are not hitting the proficient mark. Despite billions of dollars of interventions and new programs, that percentage has barely budged for more than two decades. We also know that in developing countries one in four children will leave school after four years not knowing how to read. Check out the Tap, Click, Read website for great videos highlighting tech integrated literacy initiatives and join the Readialand movement!
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