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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time

Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
The gap between boys' and girls' respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new.

Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report released Tuesday by th...

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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.  But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing. Nevertheless, It is evident that the standards writers expect kids to learn some form of these—since the standards explicitly call for students to engage in written composition; and this would be hard to do if one had no way of getting words on paper.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:00 PM

This is a nice short article with a concise summary at the end. It does not diminish keyboarding and leaves it open that handwriting, in its many forms, is an important skill which enables other skills. It does not mean we won't use digital technologies in writing, but we can include many forms of writing.

 

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Jess Ojeanto's curator insight, September 22, 2014 1:25 PM

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The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
The Distracted Generation Infographic: Tools and Tips to Get Children Refocused!

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Kent Lundgren's curator insight, August 20, 2014 7:26 AM

Något nytt i denna artikel om det "nya" digitala samhället? #digiskol

Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, August 21, 2014 2:22 PM

People always seem to be complaining about this... our children are distracted... who wants to read when they can play games, but in effect children tend to copy their parents. By instilling a passion for reading from a young age we can try to balance out the claim that the young children do not like books or reading. One story a day... just like the apple, helps develop the creativity in children. It doesn't hurt by having the children making up their own stories and writing them together with their parents! 

Coolwired's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

Thanks to Susan Bainbridge for this timely and informative infographic!

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Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway?

Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway? | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
In a post titled, 'The Importance of Modeling Positive Use of Social Media', +Chris Wejr suggested that schools need to do more to both model the appropriate use of social media, as well as promote more positive stories.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 2014 7:27 PM

Digital literacy and offline forms of literacy are incredibly important. We can find whatever we are looking for online, but does that mean we have the skills to discern whether it is appropriate? I think not.

 

Adults and children can learn together.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 14, 2014 1:36 AM

This is an excellent article - and I do like the chemistry reference!

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15 Great Audiobooks for Helping Kids Read Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Great Audiobooks for Helping Kids Read Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

"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, 2014 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.

Craudio's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:02 AM

Audiobooks in class room:

Introduce students to books above their reading levelModel good interpretive readingTeach critical listeningHighlight the humor in booksIntroduce new genres that students might not otherwise considerIntroduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or localesSidestep unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and old-fashioned literary stylesProvide a read-aloud modelProvide a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacationsRecapture "the essence and the delights of hearing stories beautifully told by extraordinarily talented storytellers" (Baskin & Harris, 1995, p. 376)

Audiobooks increase:

Reading comprehensionMotivationSelf-confidence
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Do Parents Know What Questions to Ask You (Don’t Forget Cognitive Skills!)

Do Parents Know What Questions to Ask You (Don’t Forget Cognitive Skills!) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
How can you be sure that you are prepared to help your child get the most from this school year? Getting the answers to these questions can help.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:48 PM

What if you read this post and think of it as 10 answers you will provide to parents when they come in for a teacher conference? Parents may not know the best questions to ask, and this is one way to educate them. What are the questions. Three are below, The rest may be found in the post.

* Student Feedback & Support - How do you like to provide feedback to students? Are there any interventions to help children who need a little extra attention? When are you available if my child needs extra help? 

* Cognitive Skills – How would you say my child is doing, as compared to peers, in these areas: 

     Memory: How well does my child learn and remember new information? Does he or she require more or less support than peers? How easily is information retained?

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How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading?

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading? | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Reading a good book can be a rewarding experience, but it can be frustrating when the information just floats through your head without sticking in your memory. Luckily there are a few methods that can really make a difference in retaining information. The bookworms at Stack Exchange provide some tips to help your Jeopardy game.

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Ula Rutter's curator insight, March 9, 2014 6:27 PM

This article is topical to my students and to myself!

Adrianna Castelo's curator insight, March 11, 2014 12:53 PM

I think this is a very informative article that can help some people out. They give tips on how to make reading more interesting and how to keep it stuck in your memory after reading it instead of just forgetting all about it after the first time. 

tania molina's curator insight, March 17, 2014 6:05 PM

it is interesting because at times when i am reading it feels difficult for me to get information stored in my head. this are some strategies that i may try to help me out in the future. biology is one of the classes i am struggling because the reading is so difficult to me.

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Getting Your Students to Love Reading (Infographic)

Getting Your Students to Love Reading (Infographic) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Reading is a huge part of a child's development. In the early stages, it should be a shared experience between parent and child which can impact a love of books

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 15, 2013 8:18 PM

Although this infographic was written with the parent in mind the ideas are applicable for teachers. Chances are you have at least a few students in your classroom whom may not be as engaged as you would like. Learn some of the tricks that you might try to help them become more engaged and consider sharing this with parents.