Wigham Family Literature Site: Ebooks

Follet Searchable collection of cross curricular ebooks K-8. Curr Lab Subscription (digital passwords page).  Tips on how to use Follett ebooks in the classroom.

Tumblebooks: Narrated, animated picture books. Curr Lab Subscription (digital passwords page).
BookFlix K-3: Interactive fiction and non-fiction. LearnAlberta's Online Reference Centre Subscription (digital passwords page).
TrueFlix 3-6: Interactive non-fiction and videos that explores a variety of Social Studies and Sciences themes. LearnAlberta's Online Reference Centre Subscription (digital passwords page).
International Children's Digital Library: World's largest e-collection of literature from a wide variety of countires and cultures. Tends to be more historical in nature (free, out of copyright).


Why use eBooks in the classroom?

by Bill Glaister, Faculty of Education Curriculum Lab Coordinator, 2013

There is still not much conclusive evidence or research as to the benefits of eBooks over the traditional print versions. However, there are some initial indicators that they may prove valuable for some students:

  • eBooks are another way to integrate information and communication technologies into current literacy programs, something Alberta Education requires across the curriculum.
  • Readers have more choice to customize settings to meet their individual needs.
  • The text sizes can be adjusted, and sometimes the text can be rearranged and manipulated, which can add extra personal meaning for the reader.
  • With the use of hyperlinks in some eBooks, students can be given more choice as to the outcome of their story, which can make the story more interactive than a traditional book.
  • For research purposes, many eBooks allow readers to search for keywords or phrases within a title.
  • Many eBooks have a text-to-speech feature, which allow the reader to listen to an audio version of the text, including automatic highlighting of the text as the audio version progresses.
  • A built-in dictionary in many eBooks means students can quickly check on meanings of words, check pronunciation, "chunk" the words so they can be read more easily, etc.
  • Many eBooks have a "notes" feature, so students can add their thoughts and ideas as they read the text online. This may assist the reader with understanding the story, adding personal meaning and questioning.
  • In our technologically savvy society, eBooks give a new "look" to books. The technological format can be a motivator for otherwise reluctant readers.
  • Some eBooks are animated versions of the original, adding another dimension to the print version.

Ash, K. (2010). Schools test e-reader devices with dyslexic students.Retrieved March 2, 2010, from the Education Week websitehttp://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/10/20/01dyslexia.h04.html.

Dean, D. (2010). Bridging the gap between print and online: picture books and electronic texts. Classroom Connections, March 2010, 14-16.

Larson, L.C. (2010). Digital readers: the next chapter in e-book reading and response. Reading Teacher, 64(1), 15-22. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.