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April 30, 2020

How to increase recall with digital storybooks

From tablets to computers to smartvphones, children today are surrounded by digital tools for learning. Traditional book reading with children has always been a quiet moment that provides a child with a fundamental foundation for developing reading and language skills. Recently, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, with funding from the National Science Foundation, have found that children learn better when they are more involved in the learning process. The team conducted three tests involving children ages 3-5 using both traditional static books and animated digital books. The team found that each time the child could interact with an animated digital book, their recall improved dramatically. They say this kind of contingent positive reinforcement from a book or parent or teacher is rewarding and has positive effects on learning. The team feels this type of reading could be particularly beneficial for children who have difficulty focusing.

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