Faced with limited resources and human support, children in remote areas encounter many difficulties in learning and reading with the use of modern technological devices. To help these children experience mobile reading activities with innovative technology, donation of tablets from the industry was initiated. Follow-up services to learning sites were provided by the university library. In this paper, issues related to support of tablet reading were explored. A platform for sharing experiences among different learning sites was developed. Experiences from learning sites were shared within a mobile reading community. Mobile reading offers new opportunity for lifelong learning. With the scope of reading extending to the Internet sources, traditional reading culture shifts from paper-based to a wide variety of electronic formats. Children from remote areas or disadvantage families often experienced limited access to digital reading as they should in the digital age. In the present study, through community support, children in remote areas could experience the excitement of tablet reading. However, mobile reading is changing dynamically, stimulated by new opportunities offered by advances in digital technology. Children in remote areas require ongoing support from the society to keep pace with the dynamic reading culture. It is hoped that further research on the issues related to bridging the digital divide will be explored in the future.
Lih-Juan Chan Lin, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Te-Lien Chou, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Stream: Mobile learning
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