Scholastic's 5 Tips to use technology & get kids reading

A recent Kids & Family Reading Report shows that half of all parents are concerned that their children spend too much time playing video or computer games and visiting social networking sites, and not enough time reading books. Now that it is summer and school is out, what can parents do to GET their kids reading more books?

Scholastic 5 Tips to use technology to get kids reading

Here are Scholastic 5 FREE tips to use social technology and get kids reading:

  1. Track Reading Minutes Online: Kids can read over the summer and track their reading minutes online with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free online reading program where kids read, log minutes, and earn prizes. Kids can have fun winning prizes, trying to break the world record for summer reading, and helping their school log the most minutes to win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey.
  2. Time Your Reading with an App: Families on-the-go can log their minutes with the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app, available for iOS and android devices. Use your summer challenge username and password to log minutes and spin the prize wheel to earn rewards! Plus, parents can see how many minutes their child logged and access articles and tips to encourage kids to read.
  3. Get a FREE ebook: Great news for parents: Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun, especially boys! When kids register for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, parents can choose the “just right” ebook for their kids...FOR FREE from Storia®.
  4. Get daily tips on Facebook Calendar: Parents can like the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, and find the new content calendar that provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, special Friday giveaways, and details about upcoming Facebook chats.
  5. Find books on Pinterest: Check out Scholastic’s Summer Challenge Pinterest Board to find great “lists of 11” books for kids to read this summer. Since research shows that parents think their child should read 11 books over the summer, each week we’ll be pinning a collage of 11 books.

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