Students love everything about technology - and they can quickly become tech-obsessed. Students (and adults!) can't resist one more scroll down, one more video clip, one more video game, and one more text. As educators, how can we facilitate open honest discussions about when and how to use technology? Here is a list of books and corresponding videos to jump-start these discussions.These books use adorable characters to poke fun at our plugged-in lives as these books cover real-life issues.
Educators can incorporate these tech-related stories into the classroom by:
- Read Aloud to the class during story time
- Have students read the stories themselves (print, braille, digital format, accessible digital format*)
- Free online video books such as Youtube video books
*Note: Many digital picture book formats are not accessible with a screen reader. (Example: If You Give a Mouse an iPhone in iBooks is not accessible with VoiceOver because the book pages are images, not text.) Check Bookshare and other digital options. Currently, three of these books are available in Bookshare (see details below).
- The Technology Tail: A Digital Footprint Story (digital trails) Amazon book
- Internet Sleuths (safety: protect your identify) Amazon book
- The Bernstain Bears Computer Trouble (tech in moderation/internet safety) Amazon book, Bookshare (book is available in DAISY text, audio, BRF, RTF and EPUB formats. Image descriptions are available in the .BRF file only), iOS interactive book app (by Ocean House)
- Bully (cyber-bullying) Amazon Book, Bookshare (book is complete and has image descriptions in the .BRF file)
- Cell Phoney (rules) Amazon book
- Webster's Friend, Webster's Email, Webster's Manners and Webster Bedtime (digital series) Amazon book
- Once Upon a time . . . Online: Happily Ever After is Only a Click Away (online safety) Amazon book, The Techie Teacher's activities
- Dot (tech terms) Amazon book
Dot has a wonderful series of brief videos (Do's and Dots) about using tech. (Dot: Ask for Permission, Dot: Use Clean Hands, Dot: Volume Control, Dot Technical Difficulties, and Dot: Time's Up. Catch Dot is an original TV series on Sprout. View the series trailer video here.
- When Charlie McButton Lost Power (using tech responsibly) Amazon book, youtube video,
Thank you, The Techie Teacher, for compiling this list of books! For more information, go to her Top 10 List of Technology Themed Books.
Be sure to look at The Techie Teacher's activities - Incorporating Fairy Tale Elements with Technology in the Classroom - that accompany the book, Once Upon a Time Online.
- Do you know other books about using technology that can be adde to this list?
- In the comment section below, please share YOUR activities and links to quality Read Aloud Books that correspond with using tech responsibly.