My First Books by BabyFirst

My First Books contains a series of digital picture books for young children. Each book contains pictures, animation, narration, and a “Record My Voice” option. From the home screen, users can tap the book that they wish to read. Next, users must decide if they want the app to read the book to them or read the book on their own. If the “Read it to me!” option is selected, the app will narrate the book’s text and users can follow along. If the “Read it myself” option is selected, the app will present the book’s text to…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 8.3
C. Engagement - 8.7

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An Interactive App for Young Readers

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My First Books contains a series of digital picture books for young children. Each book contains pictures, animation, narration, and a “Record My Voice” option. From the home screen, users can tap the book that they wish to read. Next, users must decide if they want the app to read the book to them or read the book on their own. If the “Read it to me!” option is selected, the app will narrate the book’s text and users can follow along. If the “Read it myself” option is selected, the app will present the book’s text to users and they are to read it independently. While reading the book, users can tap the page so the illustration will become animated, and they can turn pages by tapping the “right” and “left” triangles. Additionally, users can tap the app’s logo on the bottom right of each page. By doing so, users will be able to record themselves reading the book, or to view all the book’s pages. When viewing the pages, users can select a page to read by tapping it.

Please note: Only two books are offered to users for free. Users will have to make in-app purchases to access the other books.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can load a book for a student to read independently. Next, teachers can demonstrate the different ways that students can engage the text: by tapping it, listening to the book being read, turning pages, and recording their reading of the text. When ready, teachers can allow students to engage the book while they monitor.
  2. Teachers can connect their iPad to a projector and have the app read a book to their entire class. Before the book is read, teachers can select a student to be the “Page Turner,” and that student can tap the picture on the page to animate it and he or she can turn pages. After the reading, teachers can facilitate a class discussion by asking the class: (1) What did you like about the book? (2) What was the book about? Can you retell to me what happened? (3) If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be?
  3. When students are learning to read, they can use this app. To do so, they can choose the “Read it to me!” option, and have the app read the book page by page to them. After the app reads a page, students can tap the “Record” button to record their reading of the page. To hear their reading, students can tap the “Play my voice” button.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
  • My First Books by BabyFirst Screenshot
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