It is increasingly clear that today’s kids – digital natives – enjoy digital reading. In fact, a recent Scholastic survey found that the percentage of children who have read an eBook at school has nearly doubled since 2012. And a 2015 survey of more than 1,000 teachers, school-level and district-level administrators found that nearly all of them (97%) use some form of digital content in the classroom.
When it comes using eBooks in school, however, the content of an eBook is only as powerful as the reader software that a student uses to view it.
Fable Learning has designed the best in class, highly attractive Fable ReaderTM, with a rich array of features that address the needs of both students and educators. Because we have a one of the strongest PreK-8 nonfiction catalogues in the industry, we have paid particular attention to the tools required to support students in reading, understanding and analyzing informational texts.
And most important, we have built the Fable ReaderTM to work on all the technology that is available, including iPad, Android tablets, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and interactive whiteboards.
Let's get started with an overview of the features available once a reader opens an eBook:
Experts cite "Read Aloud" as an important tool in introducing students to complex literary and informational texts. Every book in the Fable Learning library (with the exception of our older-skewing chapter books) present the opportunity to "Select Reading Mode" when the book is first opened. The "Read to Me" option features narration recorded at the Grammy Award-winning John Marshall Studio, bringing texts to life with exciting professional performances.
The Read Aloud option can be enabled or disabled at the beginning of each book, and if the user changes his/her mind mid-way, a simple click on the "Mode" button in the top navigation allows the reader to enable or disable it on the fly. Users will notice that when they enable "Read to Me," each word is automatically highlighted when it is read aloud. The user may enable or disable single word highlighting with the click of the "Mode" button at the top of the page.
Even if the user opts to turn off highlighting on every word, he or she may want to use the highlighter to mark important concepts and main ideas. The Fable ReaderTM not only has a highlighting tool, but readers can also copy and paste text to the clipboard, so that they can compile and save their notes in a word processing document as they read.
Students are often encouraged to read with sticky notes, to jot down questions they have about the topic or mark important ideas. Knowing that educators use this tool, we have enabled "Notes" functionality in the Fable ReaderTM. To paste a note on the page, start with a single-click on "Note" in the top menu. Then, mouse down and double-click on the place where you want to place your note. The note will appear, and you can write inside. Be sure to click "save" before you close the note to save your writing! When you come back to the page and want to re-open your note, follow the same, two-step process. Single-click on "Note" in the top menu, and then double-click on the note you want to open.
Navigation is a critically important part of reading an eBook. How do you find a word, image or section that you are looking for? Or go back to re-read a section that you read previously? A simple mouse over or touch on a tablet screen enables a whole array of Search options, including visual thumbnails, "Go To" (page number, beginning, end), and Search. In the example below, the user has typed the words "Acid Rain" into the search box.
In Seymour Simon's EARTH WORDS, the phrase "acid rain" appears three times. The search results (below) enable the student to click on any of the three incidences found, with the words highlighted on each page.
Sometimes, readers may want to do a visual search. All he or she needs to do is hover their mouse over the bottom over the screen, and a strip of thumbnails representing each page in the book pops up. A simple click takes you to the page you want to see.
And finally, if you are ever stuck, all you need to do is click on the ? symbol for help.
Our founders, premiere author and former teacher Seymour Simon, and award-winning children's educational media producer Liz Nealon, have brought all their educational experience to bear in designing a reader with a robust feature set designed to achieve your educational objectives. We believe that the Fable ReaderTM is the best in the industry, bar none.
 Kids and Family Reading Report. 5th Edition. Scholastic. 23 November 2015
 THE Journal. Bolkan, Joshua. HMH Teacher Survey Shows Strong Tech Adoption. 9 July 2015.
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