Poster: Teacher Use of the Multimedia Book App - Epic
Abstract: Epic is a multimedia book application that provides children with the opportunity to interact with the book through animated images, read aloud features, and highlighted text as it is read. This research study is investigating two areas in relation to Epic. First, how are educators using the application in the classroom? This question is being answered through the use of an anonymous survey with the option for a phone/video interview. Secondly, how do children interact with the application? This question is being answered by observing children using the application.This research was conducted by a literacy professor and an undergraduate student in elementary education. Preliminary findings indicate that teachers appreciate Epic because of the wide range of texts available, the availability of audio/read-to-me, and useful management features. In addition, children appreciate the wide-range of titles, are drawn to the videos, enjoy the “page turning” style of the books, and like customizing their profiles. As digital media s an increasing part of the lives of students, especially with the rise of remote learning instigated by COVID-19, it is important to examine the ways in which digital texts are being used and the impact of them on teaching and learning. It also revealed a gap in technology instruction for pre-service teachers. As digital books are an important tool in teaching, literacy methods instructors need to support future teachers in learning about them.