Reading rates have dropped dramatically over the last three decades, with nearly half of 17-year-olds saying they read for pleasure no more than once or twice a year, if at all. Parents are reading less to their kids as well. In 1999, children ages 2-7 were read to for an average of 45 minutes a day. In 2013, that number had dropped to just over 30 minutes a day.
Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, an education-focused non-profit, says in an interview that a lot of it has to do with children spending more time online.
"Numerous reports show the increasing use of new technology platforms by kids. It strikes me as extremely logical that that's a big factor."
Booktrack Classroom is the perfect solution for tech-savvy kids born into the digital age. Studies by New York University and The University of Auckland both show that students reading using Booktrack show a significant increase in reading comprehension and retention.
On average, 35% of students reported higher satisfaction when reading with Booktrack, and comprehension increased by 17%. Students also read for 30% longer than they had to without being prompted.
Parents, teachers and educators can also read to younger children with Booktrack. There are many great titles, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood on the platform suitable for younger readers, who often love being read to with an accompanying soundtrack and sound effects.
What makes Booktrack Classroom work so well for kids of all ages, ranging from those just learning how to read to high school students immersed in something like Romeo and Juliet, is the invitation to engage with text in a new and exciting way.
For students used to online distractions like games and YouTube videos, Booktrack Classroom offers a way of learning that's modern and fun, making reading cool again for a whole new generation.