I embrace my children’s use of technology when it comes to education. With the changing landscape of how technology is used in our homes and work environments, it’s crucial that they gain familiarity with the tools they will be using. It’s also crucial to make using those tools not only fun but educational. Interactive books viewed on a tablet bring together touch, sound, and reading together to one place.
Today Tribal Nova, the team behind iLearn With educational apps, are officially launching a new interactive reading application perfect for all pre and emerging readers. The iRead With app is a new shared-reading program exclusive to iPad designed to foster language development and help preschoolers get ready to read.
This method of reading helps children develop vocabulary, literacy skills, phonological awareness, narrative skills and comprehension strategies.
Developed in conjunction with McGill University Child Phonology Lab, iRead With books are animated and interactive stories that encourage a participative reading experience for both child and parent. While in app Parents can choose to be offered questions about the story that encourage conversation while reading. By doing so children become actively involved in the narrative and get stimulated in a multi-sensory way. I have found the prompts particularly useful. My son is reading at a level well above his age, but he struggles with explaining what happened in a story after he has read it. By using the iRead With app as a launching point I have been able to offer him ways, by asking similar questions about the books he is reading, that help make what he is reading stick and make sense.
For my younger daughter having characters that she is familiar with and likes is as important as the story in many cases. We sat down for a bit over the weekend with the new “Caillou: What’s That Funny Noise?” interactive book from iRead With and walked though the features as well as the story. Miss V was enthralled with all the little interactive features of the story. What she particularly enjoyed though was Story Theatre. While in Story Theater she could take scenes from the book, as well as the characters and record her own story.
Our team of educational experts has made sure that every animation, every living word and every prompt you find in our eBooks is there for the purpose of building language acquisition,” confirms Guillaume Aniorte, Co-Manager of Tribal Nova.
Features of the iRead With app include:
- Tap Words – touch living words to trigger sounds and animations.
- Engaging animations – Animations are tied to the story to create a meaningful experience.
- Avatars – Children can choose an avatar to personalize the reading experience.
- Voice Recording – Record important words or have your child create their own story line.
- Story Telling Activity – Play with story puppets and create your own animated stories in Story Theatre.
- Professional Narration – Recommended only after you have read through the story with your child.
- 3 Different Reading Levels – Read the story again at one of three different levels each with new words to discover an new prompts to start conversations.
To celebrate the launch of the new iRead With app you can get “Caillou: What’s That Funny Noise?” Free for a limited time. Their second book applications “Caillou: Show and Tell” is also available at a reduced price of $0.99 (reg. $2.99.). iRead With ebooks are available exclusively for iPad in English and French.
Do you read books on a tablet already?