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Fifteen great audiobooks for helping kids read better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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"The puzzling question that is often posed when talking about audiobooks' integration in the teaching and learning of literacy is whether they have the same cognitive benefits as the actual reading. In other words , can listening to audiobooks be considered reading? ..."

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Xuan Phan's curator insight, November 25, 11:36 PM

Audiobooks is an amazing  learning tool for people of all ages, who enjoys reading or would like to improve their reading skills.

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The future is in their hands: Using cell phones for literacy - Free book!

The future is in their hands: Using cell phones for literacy - Free book! | AdLit | Scoop.it

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A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 1, 9:17 AM

Can you have too many creative tools? Here are more!

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Sweet Integrations

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"I used the Lit Trip Big Anthony: His Story so the students could visit the different places in Italy as Big Anthony struggled to find his Strega Nona. The students loved this activity. The students developed a more personal connection with the book."


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, January 14, 8:08 PM

14 January 2014

 

It's always so nice to see blog posts that endorse the Google Lit Trips project, particularly when they include references  to the student engagement.

 

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Google Lit Trips is a legal business name for GLT Global ED, a 501c3 tax-exempt educational nonprofit

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The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog

The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Stacey Edmonds's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:47 PM

We can be so creative and insprational now in how we provide learning to our children.  My son experiences the joys of Transmedia Storytelling when interacting with Ninjago, whether it be the cartoon, the games or his own world of Ninjago Lego.


It is hard as a parent to navigate between the whole 'Play Screen Time' v's 'Learning Screen Time' guidelines...especially when my son is also reading and writing words well above his offical 'grade' at school as he wants to create his own world in MineCraft, which means he needs to follow instructions and name his creations.


Actually, the insights in this article also takes me back to my early 20's when I was working with young men with learning difficulties and through the provision of computers they were motivated to read and write so they could search the 'world wide web' (what they were searching for was another matter!).


As Jennifer asks, If an app/game can inspire a child to read and become a lifelong reader, shouldn't we find ways to embrace the technology rather than condemn it?


See what you think!


Helen Teague's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:44 PM

Transmedia Storytelling

BookChook's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:57 PM

Interesting article with thought-provoking comments. I believe we need to be open to all sorts of media and opportunities with our kids, to help them find the reading that works for them. 

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Literacy for Life | Fisher & Frey

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Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey have assembled a great collection of literacy resources, inlcuding tips for reading comprehension, writing, collaboration, and 21st century skills. This site includes links to powerpoint presentations and relevant research.


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Teacher Toolkit | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

Teacher Toolkit | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | AdLit | Scoop.it
Teachers need both a repertoire of instructional strategies and resources for their Teacher Toolkit.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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“Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.”

~ Goodreads.com ~


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 17, 2013 7:26 PM

Google Lit Trips is proud to announce the publication of a brand new Lit Trip for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

 

This Google Lit Trip was developed by Steve Figurelli, a Staff Development Trainer for the Edison Township Public Schools in Edison, New Jersey.

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10 Resources for World Literacy Day | Teaching News

10 Resources for World Literacy Day | Teaching News | AdLit | Scoop.it
We've collected 10 great resources that can be used as part of classroom activities on World Literacy Day. How will you be celebrating with your children?

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21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

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Fabrice Marcoux's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:19 AM

Feel at home in the a-tom

Paul Rawlinson's curator insight, February 25, 2013 5:03 PM

Some useful resources for vocab instruction

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:00 PM

Literacy is a keystone of education. Teachers must constantly stay ahead of digital tools to all them to teach students. This list of resources is an excellent way to help stay in front!

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Boys & Reading

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Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. ~ Plato


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A "Ladder to Literacy" Engages Reluctant Readers - Middle School Journal

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The author investigated aliteracy from the perspective of sixteen reluctant readers in the sixth grade to learn how to help them value and enjoy reading books assigned in school.
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5 Ways to Get Boys to Read

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Nationwide, more boys than girls seem to be struggling with reading. Here are five tips from teachers, librarians, authors and literacy strategists to encourage boys to read.
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17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." —Lemony Snicket

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, November 7, 6:07 PM

7 November 2014

 

Oh what a delicious collection of quotes delivered to the mind's table with exquisite presentation.

 

These quotes are large enough to download and share with students. 

 

OR... to have students peruse in search of the single quote that most appeals to them.

 

A tip... tell the kids they can only pick ONE to call their favorite. Why? because it's easy to toss those without appeal. But extremely difficult to toss those with tremendous appeal. 

 

Just tell them the rules are they can ONLY pick one. Why? Because when forced to choose between two quotes (or maybe even three) they are forced into a sort of contemplative mode where they really have to weigh the reasons why both (or each) has such a strong appeal. 

 

And, in doing so, they will leave with an enhanced appreciation for all of the best ones. Rather than merely crossing out all but one and then not really exploring the source of any of the quote's attraction for them.

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

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Chéri Vausé's curator insight, November 10, 6:08 PM

Reading is essential to writers, and not just for doing research. You can become hackneyed, in a rut, write in directionless formulas if you don't keep up and read someone else's style of prose. Authors, therefore, should read more than readers. Yes, that is exactly what I said. You will never grow as a writer if you don't read. As for reading junk, keep it to a minimum, for that could also keep you from reaching higher with your prose, from challenging you to writer better and better.

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Can we read with our ears? - Innovate My School

Can we read with our ears? - Innovate My School | AdLit | Scoop.it
Different students have different ways of learning, and this is absolutely true for literacy. Jules Daulby, whose wheelhouse includes SEN and English teaching, discusses how a certain amount of pupils are best learning with their ears...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 3, 10:08 AM

This post begins:

"In order to be an effective reader, two skills are required:

  • the ability to decode or make sense of letter / sound correspondences 
  • the ability to comprehend or understand the meaning of the text"

The post also provides access to an interview with Dr. Keith Stanovich who "argues that reading improves ‘crystallized intelligence’ and compares children who do not learn to read with those who do, by using ‘the Matthew Effect’ analogy."

The question remains, how do we help students whom do not read well, who have difficulty decoding text? We need to seriously consider the options, which include aural text (as in text that is read to students).

This issue is close to my heart. We want our students to be successful, yet we do not provide tools that are readily available to all who would benefit from them. This post looks at resources that are available in England for struggling readers. I will add a number of resources that are available in the US, and others may add resources for their countries in the comment section.

The question that each of us must answer is should we advocate for our students who are struggling with their reading skills to be able to use TTS (text-to-speech) programs that provide them with the ability to listen to the text and understand the text, without necessarily relying on their decoding skills? Do we give them the opportunity to level the playing field? By providing students with access to text that meets their learning style, we have given them the opportunity to be successful.

Today there are many free (or low cost) tools available that allow students to have text read to them. In the US two key players that help provide text to students (think books) with diagnosed reading disabilities are Bookshare, which provides free access to many books as well as TTS software and Learning Ally, which has many resources for students with dyslexia but may also require a membership fee. Additional sites to check out are Natural Voice Reader, which will read digitized text directly from a website and Rewordify, which will simplify the text.

Do you know free (or low cost) tools that help struggling readers? Please share them in the comment section.

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Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers

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"A book review blog with a literacy lean. Contemporary young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, literary fiction--there's something here for everyone!"


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, January 16, 9:21 PM

Great posts on promoting reading, literacy, book reviews, readers advisory and more!

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, January 18, 12:41 AM

I love reading yet I have grandchildren who don't enjoy it. And I know there are children and adults everywhere like that. So this blog might be of help. Also those wishing to improve their English and looking for books that will reward their effort.

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How to Read a Poem- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

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Reproduced in partnership with the Great Books Foundation.

Reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Curiosity is a useful attitude, especially when it’s free of preconceived ideas about what poetry is or should be.

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Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual | Intervention Central

Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual | Intervention Central | AdLit | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most pressing challenge that schools face is that of ensuring that all children become competent readers. Young children who experience problems in reading quickly fall behind their more skilled classmates in their ability to decode and comprehend text. This gap in reading skills can emerge as early as first grade-and, once present, tends to be quite stable over time (Stanovich, 1986). First-grade teachers can predict with some confidence, for example, that those children in their classrooms with significant reading deficits by the end of the school year will very likely have continuing difficulties in reading in the fourth grade.

While the long-term negative impact of poor readers can be enormous, the good news is that schools can train their own students to deliver effective tutoring in reading to younger peers. Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual is a complete package for training peer reading tutors. Peer tutoring answers the nagging problem of delivering effective reading support to the many struggling young readers in our schools. Furthermore, peer tutoring programs can improve the reading skills of tutors as well as tutees (Ehly, 1986) and - in some studies-have been shown to build tutor's social skills as well (Garcia-Vazquez & Ehly, 1995). Young children tend to find the opportunity to read aloud to an older peer tutor to be quite reinforcing, adding a motivational component to this intervention.


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The ABCs of Children's Literature

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A is for AMELIA BEDELIA

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 9, 2013 11:20 AM

And there's a reference to a different children's book for every letter!

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name for GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

Elise Beeckman's curator insight, October 23, 3:06 AM

Het is leuk dat die kindjes op zo een manier het alfabet kunt leren. 

Caroline Fogarty's curator insight, October 31, 11:39 AM

I love this! So much nostalgia of my childhood.

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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

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I'm an evangelist.

A book evangelist, that is. I hand out books to students and colleagues, booktalking them in class, at lunch, and even in my email signature. I want my students to read widely and

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:43 PM

What would happen if you asked your students' to reflect on their reading history...and then have them create an infographic that helps them dig a bit deeper and share what they have learned? According to this teacher the finished product is pretty amazing!

She began with an article from the NYTimes "What's Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader". Then she had students explore infographics and critique them as a group. The students then explored a number of websites that allow you to create infographics (and links are provided to them) and students chose one to work with. The post provides links to a number of infographics made by the students.

And the link to the article at the NYTimes is http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/whats-your-reading-history-reflecting-on-the-self-as-reader/?_r=0.

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:33 PM

Tips to help boys

Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:34 AM

New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:33 PM

Tips to help boys

Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:34 AM

New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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Reading Battle Over – Boys and books

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Boy vs Beast will hook reluctant readers and build their reading skills – and their enjoyment of books.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 2012 4:11 AM

Boys do read differently; that does not mean that they can't love reading. It just means that we have to select more careully.

Katie Frank's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:25 PM

So important to engage those boys!

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Motivating Reluctant Readers

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"All teachers encounter students who don't like to read," says Education World columnist Cathy Puett Miller. "A few teachers view that fact as inevitable, but most truly want to 'leave no child behind.' How do we tap the potential of reluctant readers? How do we inspire them to become readers? How do we give them the tools to be successful?"


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A way into books for children with dyslexia

It's vital that children who are dyslexic have access to attractive, enjoyable reading and Barrington Stoke have top children's authors writing engaging, short books which offer a way for dyslexic children, or those struggling with other learning disabilities or simply reluctant to read, to enjoy the huge pleasures and vital learning experiences of reading.
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