A recent dramatic increase in the availability of early literacy applications (apps) for mobile devices has led teachers to incorporate them into their educational programs. This study explored teachers' perceptions and opinions regarding three early literacy apps: Endless Reader, Preschool Matching Game: Rhyming Words, and Hideout: Early Reading. The study consisted of 15 preschool teachers who interacted with each app and answered questions regarding their opinions about the apps and the use of digital devices in the classroom in general. Teacher responses were analyzed and categorized based on common topics that emerged from the data set. The results of the study imply that teachers prefer apps that include sound pedagogical principles as well as game-like features to keep students engaged in learning. Future research should explore the processes and guidelines teachers use when selecting apps for classroom use as well as investigating what students actually understand from early literacy apps and other apps used in the classroom.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Evans, Julie McIntyre, "Comparison of Early Literacy iPad Apps: Evaluation of Teachers' Perceptions" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 6970.
iPad apps, applications, early literacy, teachers, games