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Scaffolding or Distracting: CD-ROM Storybooks and Young Readers


TLRPTIL Volume 54, Number 4, ISSN 8756-3894


CD-ROM storybooks, often referred to as electronic texts, e-books, and interactive stories, are learning tools with supplemental features such as automatic reading of text, sound effects, word pronunciations, and graphic animations which support the development of reading skills and comprehension in beginning readers. Some CD-ROM storybooks also provide a definition of the word to aid in vocabulary acquisition. However, over-reliance on these features may hinder development of a young reader's decoding skills and use of context cues. Many CD-ROM storybooks contain incidental hotspots, such as dancing flowers and hidden characters, which distract from the storyline and take reader's attention away from comprehension. These incidental features may prolong the reading event causing fatigue and loss of focus. In sum, the features provided by CD-ROM storybooks offer valuable support for the acquisition of reading skills when coupled with supervision to monitor overuse and direct instruction in comprehension strategies.


Pearman, C.J. & Chang, C.W. (2010). Scaffolding or Distracting: CD-ROM Storybooks and Young Readers. TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 54(4), 52-57. Retrieved February 4, 2023 from .

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