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Editor's Choice: The 13 posts of November you don't want to miss! - Make your ideas Art

Editor's Choice: The 13 posts of November you don't want to miss! - Make your ideas Art | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it
Happy December dear readers! Thank you for your continuing support, and we hope on our side to keep up providing you quality and interesting content daily. November had been a busy month.

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Online Proofreading Service

Online Proofreading Service | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

This is a handy free tool that also has a downloadable desktop app for proofreading your work. It has some understanding of context and so can analyze errors which may otherwise be missed. Very useful tool.


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VocabularySpellingCity App

VocabularySpellingCity App | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

The VocabularySpellingCity app has word games, vocabulary games, and spelling games from the popular SpellingCity website. This is a great free app for lower levels to develop their spelling and vocabulary. Lots of audio support and interactive games.


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Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Denver Public Library's plan to develop branches which appeal to the specific demographic and user patterns for their local communities is profiled.

-- spotted by Mal Booth @malbooth


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E-books could become the norm for children as sales soar - Telegraph

E-books could become the norm for children as sales soar - Telegraph | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Sales of children’s e-books nearly tripled over the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2011, figures from the Publishers Association (PA) showed yesterday.

 

Richard Mollet, chief executive of the PA, said that 2.6 million children’s e-books were sold over the first half of this year, compared to 1 million the previous year.

 

Publishers and retailers said that advances in technology have meant that digital books for children, including picture books, have taken off in an “explosive” way in recent months.

 

Experts said that the huge increase in children’s e-book sales could lead to a generation of people growing up reading more from Kindle screens than from real books.


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20 Essential Twitter Chats for the Library Crowd

Many Twitter chats exist for the literary and library world, and we've discovered 20 of the absolute best for librarians to check out.

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Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough

Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

It is our role as teachers to help students develop the skills to problem solve independently and collaboratively use 21st-century skills while not relying on technology to do all of the thinking for them. Just because these students are digital natives, does not mean that they do not need guidance to navigate the digital world–both in terms of learning how to discern important and relevant information from a large swath of data, and also to be able to inquire and solve problems that take time, thought, and energy.


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Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes

Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.

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Oh Say Can You Say? Books Apps and ELL Students

Step inside Julie Kusiak's first-grade class at Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas, Calif., and you'll find her students using iPads in small group rotations. For her English language learner (ELL) students in particular, it's an enriching time where they get to read books on an iPad. The apps provide tools for them to master words and sentences on their own.

 

"My favorite feature in book apps is the Read to Me option," says Kusiak. "Additionally, kids not quite able to read at their grade level can access the book, tap on a word and have it pronounced and tap on an object and see and hear the word. This is great for second language learners and helps build their vocabulary and reading fluency."

 

Students at Ocean Knoll have been using Oceanhouse Media book apps among others, enjoying such titles from Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Mercer Mayer and the Smithsonian as part of a pilot program between the app developer and the Encinitas Unified School District. English is the second language for many of the students at the school ...


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Dyslexic Child Chooses Book Apps Over Games – Guest Article by Karen Robertson @ The iMums

Dyslexic Child Chooses Book Apps Over Games – Guest Article by Karen Robertson @ The iMums | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Two years ago, a miracle happened when my son picked up an iPad for the first time and chose storybook apps over games! This was a miracle because he’s dyslexic, so reading is one of the last things he wants to do. Now, book apps are an important part of our reading routine and deliver guilt-free screen time when he wants to “play.”

 

Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols but do not affect general intelligence.* While statistics vary, between 7-10% of people are dyslexic and up to 15% of kids have difficulty learning to read ...


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Nik's Daily English Activities: Practice Your Spelling

Nik's Daily English Activities: Practice Your Spelling | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

As with most languages, spelling is pretty important in English. It's also something that gives many native speakers problems too, so don't be too worried if you find English spelling difficult and confusing. In this activity you'll be able to practice spelling and your vocabulary in an enjoyable way.


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Developing Your Digital Study Skills

Developing Your Digital Study Skills | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge. Technology needs to be more than part of the way we teach but it also has to be part of the way we ourselves continue to learn and part of our everyday professional practice.


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Maureen Greenbaum's comment, June 8, 2012 2:34 PM
why this versus diigo???
lorenzacairo's comment, June 25, 2012 1:11 AM
la tecnologia è sempre più importante e presente. seguirò con attenzione il blog
Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:54 AM

Nik Peachey shows how a social bookmarking tool can be used in ESL/EFL instructional activites. There are some interesting ideas here on how the highlighting and commenting features can be used to stimulate students' learning process using this technology. 

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An App That Will Read Newsfeeds

An App That Will Read Newsfeeds | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

SpokenLayer is a very handy app if you don't like trying to read from a mobile screen. The app will read to you from a rage of newsfeeds. Very useful for listening pracyice.


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How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One)

How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One) | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

By Henry Jenkins

 

Howard Rheingold has been one of the smartest, most forward thinking, most provocative writers about digital culture for the past several decades. He’s someone who always makes me think. Even a short hall way chat with Howard at a conference can lead to transformative insights about how we live within a networked culture. I have been lucky to know him for more than two decades now, and I treasure every interaction I’ve ever had with the guy.

 

Your progression from work on virtual communities to smart mobs to digital literacies says something about the evolution of digital culture over the past few decades. What has led you right now to focus so much on giving everyday people the skills they need to more meaningfully participate in the new media landscape?

 

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(E-Learning Students!  I highly recommend this series of articles to anyone seeking a solid conntext for the work we are doing in social communication. ~ Dennis)


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Find Easy to Read Text for Lower Levels

Find Easy to Read Text for Lower Levels | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Twurdy is actually based on Google, but it analyses Google results for readability, so it can help you to find more lower level texts for learners without you having to read through every result from Google to see if it's simple enough.


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50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities

50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it
Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills.

 

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http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/09/16/50-best-ipad-apps-for-reading-disabilities/

 


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“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities” - Teachers with Apps

“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities” - Teachers with Apps | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Guest Blog by Rosa Ray

 

Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Helpful Tools

These tools are useful for both educators and students with reading disabilities alike, aiding in everything from looking up a correct spelling to reading text out loud ...


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The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using

The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

The overarching theme now of Learnist and Lore (aside from the first letter of the names) is that these sites are designed to function just like the most popular social networks in the world … except they were built just for teachers and students. To me, that says that it’s a very exciting time in edtech as companies are able to finally leverage the resources and data from the Facebooks and Blackboards of the world … then turning this into a very useful new tool that can be completely tailored to the education audience.

 

No longer will teachers, students, and administrators hope to fit their square peg (education needs) into a round hole (whatever Facebook offers). We can all now look forward to more and more dedicated tools that are robust enough to perhaps completely replace Facebook or other major social networks.

Stay tuned.

 

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http://edudemic.com/2012/09/the-2-hottest-educational-social-networks-youre-not-yet-using/

 


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Highlight Web Pages, Share Your Notes | Annotary

Highlight Web Pages, Share Your Notes | Annotary | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

This is a really useful tool to help develop your digital study skills. You can take notes and highlight specific parts of a web based text as you browse. You can sort your notes and links into collections and share these socially. Great tool.


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40 Sites for Educational Games

40 Sites for Educational Games | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it
Tech and Learning has just posted a wonderful article concerning Internet Gaming.  With school starting up, make sure you have your resources available to help that special student of yours make the...

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It is a hard call when "screen time" includes online gaming. Here are some ideas that might help balance your goals and your kids' too.

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Classical literature “gamified” to encourage children to read | The Oxford Student

Classical literature “gamified” to encourage children to read | The Oxford Student | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Oxford University Press has announced a partnership with a mobile and social web game developer to “gamify” popular classical literature for children.

 

SecretBuilders, the developer, will introduce characters and plots in digital format, with the aim of engaging children and teenagers up to the age of 15 in classical literature. This entertaining digital learning experience is in support of the “50 Great Reads Before 15” initiative, designed to encourage children to read. Chief Executive Officer of SecretBuilders, Umair Khan said: “Our mission is to help kids catch the reading bug early and often ...


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Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Dr. Seuss was right. Reading opens up our minds to new experiences and knowledge. For children, it can be a magical time. Today’s story telling has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of books on digital devices. Kids can now interact with stories, touching the screen and exploring the different features a particular book app has to offer.

 

If you have a reluctant reader, encouraging them to read can be a bit of a challenge. So can finding the right level of interactivity in children’s book apps so that it doesn’t distract from the reading experience. Parents, myself included, want to have their child immersed in the story for the right reasons.

 

There are added benefits to reading on a digital device. Interactivity, when used the right way, can be helpful for a number of kids, from beginning and reluctant readers to English language learners. For instance, if a child is stuck on a word, they can tap the screen and have the word repeated until they are able to pronounce it.

 

So how do we encourage kids to read in the digital age? Creating good literacy habits starts young and to ensure that children have a wonderful reading experience, here are 10 helpful tips on keeping reading fun and educational in the digital medium ...


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Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again - Montreal Gazette

Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again - Montreal Gazette | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Amid ever-evolving trends in technology, the question has come to me: Is there a future for the public library? And if so, what will that library look like?

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Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education

Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

I brought up topics like authentic learning; project based learning, the flipped classroom, and connected educators. Most of the teachers I spoke to, young and old had little idea about what I was asking. More often than not, they would offer reasons why they were not up to speed on these topics: No time, small kids at home, another job, not techy enough to follow stuff on the internet, or just a lack of interest, were all excuses that surfaced in these conversations. These were the reasons these educators were not in on the many conversations taking place with “connected educators”.


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Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn's comment, June 21, 2012 3:10 AM
welcome to the club ;-)
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Create professional resumes online for free - CV creator - CV Maker

Create professional resumes online for free - CV creator - CV Maker | Adult literacy meets technology | Scoop.it

Most of us need a CV at some point in our lives, so hy not start creating one online now. CVMaker is a really handy tool that takes you through the process of gathering all the information you need for your CV.


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