Breakout Session

Free iPad Apps for Early Literacy Instruction: What’s available? What matters? What happens when preschoolers use them?

Track: Mobile

Breakout Session IV
Thurs 4:40 pm – 5:40 pm

Abstract
Mr. Potato Head and Curious George have joined the digital world via free iPad apps. This presentation provides findings from an ongoing investigation of the potential, possibilities, and pitfalls of incorporating iPad use with early literacy instruction for preschoolers. What does the research say about best practice? What do teachers and librarians say? How do preschoolers respond? An electronic list of annotated apps will be provided to participants.

 

Kathleen Froriep
Assistant Professor and Director of the Community Learning Center/Reading Center
Georgian Court University

Bio / Expertise
Kathleen A. Froriep, Ph.D. is an assistant professor and director of the Community Learning Center/Reading Center for the School of Education at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ. Her research interests include innovations in literacy education and reading and writing from the reader’s and writer’s perspectives. Her iPad experiences began in Spring 2013, when her proposal to explore its use in P-3 Literacy Instruction was accepted by Georgian Court University’s “iPads for Faculty” initiative. Since then, she has been exploring free P-3 iPad apps with help from pre-service and working teachers, librarians, and children.