How to Take Advantage of Digital Books in English Teaching? Round Table
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We’re happy to announce that on the 28th of January, we will host an online round-table discussion with three experts in the field of Digital Education. We will debate and examine the topic of digital education and how to take advantage of digital books in English teaching.
There is no need to convince teachers of the advantages of using books and stories to teach a foreign language. As teachers, we all want our students to read as much as possible. Not just because we know how much reading benefits learning in general, but also because stories are engaging, and are able to catch and keep learners’ attention, while offering numerous opportunities to learn about culture, community and language. The ability of children to understand and tell stories is also intricately connected to their later success in language and literacy, because stories put everything – grammar, vocabulary, morals and insights – into familiar perspectives.
However, due to the digital revolution, which of course has enhanced our lives in many incredible ways, kids are reading less than ever before. Thankfully, technological advancement is slowly reaching the field of education and has led to the development of interactive educational content, such as apps, e-books and digital books. Such content is not only on par with printed materials, but offers many other benefits in addition to the text, like a complete multimedia experience, which makes the integration of digital books into the classroom a fun and engaging learning experience.
This new generation of readers are surely more engaging for students than their printed ancestors, but are they really more beneficial as well?
What is the criteria for a good and efficient digital book?
Why are digital books better than watching youtube videos?
How can we take advantage of digital books in English teaching?
Digital books sound great, but shouldn’t we protect children from too much screen time?
These questions will be discussed in our round-table event. If you have any other questions for the experts, feel free to submit them to: [email protected]
Date: January, 28th 17:00 CET (GMT+1)
Meet our guests
Zsofia K. Garai-Takacs PhD
Assistant professor & Head of research group @ ELTE Eötvös Loránd University
Zsofia is an internationally recognized expert on digital storybooks for children. She is an assistant professor and the head of the Cognitive Development and Education Research Group at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University. She earned her PhD from Leiden University (the Netherlands) where she conducted research on children’s comprehension of technology-enhanced stories and word learning from those in addition to information processing during listening to stories.
Her dissertation entitled ’On-screen children’s stories: the good, the bad and the ugly’ provides a synthesis of the available scientific results regarding the best practices to design electronic storybooks. Zsofia investigates the effects of different features widely used in commercially available digital storybooks such as animation, background music, sound effects, interactive features in order to show which features are helpful and which are distracting when children encounter electronic stories. Zsofia received the Academic Early Career Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Promising Researcher of ELTE Award in 2019, and she was an invited keynote speaker on the conference of the Comprehension of Text and Graphics special interest group of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction this summer.
Zoltán Pompor PhD.
Children’s Literature and Education Expert, Professor @ KRE Károli Gáspár University
Zoltán is the leader of the Curriculum and Learning Material Development Group of the Reformed Church in Hungary, also a lecturer of the following subjects: Children’s Literature and Reading Motivation at Károli Gáspar University. Last year, he published a book on reading motivation titled Tell Tale to Help Them Read. Zoltán is also a member of the board of the Hungarian Reading Association and offers his professional insight as an education expert for BOOKR Kids.
Head of International Partnerships – BOOKR Class
Anna has been always intrigued by stories and languages: consuming literature, writing to newspapers, mastering languages – it was quite straightforward for her to start to work at BOOKR Kids when the company launched their first library app in 2015. The enthusiastic linguist went through all phases of educational content and app development at BOOKR, therefore she honestly believes that digital books can be the key to reform today’s kids reading habits. After bringing to life BOOKR Class, the company’s ESL tool, she is now responsible for making it accessible to teachers and students all over the world.