One thing I find in common across this current ‘tween’ generation is their constant need for entertainment! The gadgets that they’re growing up around- computers, smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, etc makes them crave something to do at all times. As a mom I dislike simply allowing them to play a game for the sake of entertaining them, I like to know that they’re reading or getting something out of the process.
Recently I was sent an invitation to download an App for my tablet created by author and current Miami Herald contributor Julie Landry Laviolette of Story Bayou. I was interested in testing it with my girls because although I have to share my tablet with the kids- at least now I know that they’ll be reading while stealing my technology!
The cool factor is that they’re not simply reading, but they’re engaged to help choose the story’s ending or different paths for the story. My tween read the story quickly and then started playing with the various ending choices. We talked about the writing process and she enjoyed the options. She did tell me that she would like to have more opportunity to actually ‘draw’ something since the title is a ‘Brush’ of truth. At this age they read so many things literally. When we returned to the e-book we talked about the ‘brush’ having powers and the reader can choose various paths for the story to change. I got an ‘oh cool, but I wanna draw!”.. kinda funny.
I like the App as they are reading and being engaged in the story process- that’s the key element. I’d rather spend $1- $5 download cost for a unique app where they’re engaged in reading than on a new ‘tool’ for a silly online game.
Remember our pledge to Celebrate Education- we use hashtag #CelebrateEdu on Twitter to share our posts relating in some way to education. When kids are engaged in reading- that’s worth celebrating.
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.