TAKE A LOOK, IN A BOOK: Or, you could just look on the App Store. Why? Because LeVar Burton, former Starship Enterprise engineer/host of Reading Rainbow, is jazzed about the Reading Rainbow App. Burton reports that kids are reading "about 137,000 books a week on the app." For a $9.99/month subscription fee, the app provides kids with access to hundreds of full-length books and video field trip features LeVar as tour guide.
In an interview with EdSurge, Burton expressed his frustration over the literacy gap ("Only 31% of our 4th graders are grade-level proficient in reading," he says) and his desire to faithfully translate the television show into app form:
But why the transition from the screen to the tablet? Burton insists that "television is a great visual medium," but that "it is only one of a long line of technologies that we have used to tell stories to one another. If you want to reach kids, you have to move to a tablet device." He adds: "I'm the chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise--I love technology!"