A. Efficiency - 8.8
B. Design - 9.1
C. Engagement - 9.1
Make Way for Books: An Easy-to-Use App for Early Reading
Summary : Providing Reading Experiences to Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Make Way for Books provides users with access to digital books along with information about print books that specifically targets young readers in the infant, toddler, and preschool age groups. To begin, users must register with the app, enter information about their children, their location, and select the language settings, which include English, Spanish, and Bilingual options. Next, an overview tutorial of the app is provided, which teaches users how to engage the app (users have the option to skip the tutorial).
In the app, users must first select their target age group by clicking the options at the top of the screen. Next, they must tap the “Books” section on the bottom of the screen, and users will then be able to see a variety of digital and print books for their selected age group. To access a book from that screen, users only need to tap it. (Users can also tap the “View More” option on the right side of the screen to see additional books.) Once users tap a book, the app will provide an overview of the book, activities to do related to the book, a short description about the content being taught, and an option to download the book. Users can also tap the “Heart” button associated with the book. If they do, users will see the book listed under the “Our Page” section, which is listed on the app’s main screen. When ready to read the book, users must tap the “Read” book options.
Once the “Read” button has been tapped, the book will load, and users can swipe the pages to read the book. When reading the book, users will notice some pages have a “?” icon on the top left of the screen. Users can tap that icon to access prompts and activities related to the book.
In addition, users can tap the “Activities” button on the bottom of the screen to view videos. Each video includes activities to build students’ reading skills and provide them experiences connected to texts. When users tap a video, they will see an overview, have the option to bookmark it to their “Our Page” by tapping the “Heart” icon, and view the video by tapping it.
Two additional options are the “Child Mode” and “Settings” option. From the main screen, users can enable the “Child Mode” by clicking the option on the top right and then setting a pin. In turn, the app will be locked on the books, and users can only read books. They will need to enter the pin in order to unlock the app. The “Settings” option that is available on the bottom right of the screen allows users to modify language settings, information bout their children, and more.
Instructional Ideas for Make Way for Books
- Teachers can present this app to parents/guardians during an open house, conferences, or literacy events. Teachers can encourage parents/guardians to use the app with their children at home to develop their early literacy.
- Parents/Guardians can view the activity videos in this app and do those activities with their children to foster a love for reading and provide them early literacy experiences.
- As children engage the app’s books, parents/guardians can use the “Heart” icon to bookmark their favorites, so they can access them easily in the future.
- In preparation for a trip to the library, children can preview the books in their library using this app by tapping the “Print” books option.
Screenshots for Make Way for Books
Ratings for Make Way for Books
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
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