Interesting link at MSNBC about a new generation of e-books for little kids. Matching videos with real text. Matching fiction with non-fiction.
"We're so lucky to live in an era when kids can have books in multiple formats. Each format offers something that the other doesn't," says Francie Alexander, Scholastic's chief academic officer. "The e-book offers a wonderful ability for helping children learn to read — what academics call building `mental models.'"
What do you think?
Just another 'tool' or a true shift in reading behavior? Superficial or rigorous? What do you like about it? How do you want the digital and the paper versions to align in the future? What's missing? What catches your eye?
Will parents know how to 'read' to their kids in the future, or will the kiddos just tell the parents to go make popcorn and sit down while they take over?
Either way, worth checking out. Both Scholastic and Disney are revving the engines of innovation and opportunity here. Both are in it for the long haul. But as always, the innovation is only beginning to catch speed...and everyone is looking for the magic formula that will integrate new technologies and the classic bed time story. Oh, and school, too!