Moon+reader is a free Android application which allows users to download e-books, and virtually any type of electronic files in  mobile devices. Essentially, it enhances a cell phone to be used as an e-reader. The use of a cell phone to complement and possibly eventually substitute what I still consider a ground-breaking gadget such as electronic readers, seems to go a step beyond in information management technological development. In my opinion, the introduction of e-readers represented the most important revolution in book conception since the XV Century and the arrival of the first printing machines. While it is true that the use of electronic books encounters a relatively important opposition from traditional book readers who do not seem to get used to the idea of consulting texts in a small screen and turning pages digitally, e-readers seem appealling to an increasing number of ecologically concerned users, and students who desire to enjoy the advantages of having access to a virutally unlimited number of texts from electronic libraries, at their own time convenience. Additionally, most e-books are rather inexpensive, classical texts are available for free as they do not count with authors ‘ copy rights, and students can download powerpoint presentations from their teachers, class notes in pdf format, and even save their own work in their portable devices. Moon+reader offers a wide range of page formating and font types which make reading sessions enjoyful.

The first idea that comes to my mind to be able to use this application in my classroom, is the mandatory fifteen-minute reading period which takes place at schools around noon. I have observed during my practicum that several students sometimes forget to bring their books with them. Carrying a number of books in their cell phones at all times could help avoid this inconvenience.  I would also use this application to be able to share with my students electronic files which they could access at all times. With the additional use of epub bud, which is another great application which I may discuss on a different post, I could have my students create their own digital books and share them with the class through their cell phones, as suggested by Heather Parris. On the other hand, I believe that a cell phone book format may provide students with a  necessary amount of interactivity for students to develop a positive attitude towards school texts and English readings. I would also use a number of websites which offer free electronic short stories and reading worksheets designed for ESL learners at various performance levels.

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