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Helping the Reluctant Reader

Helping the Reluctant Reader | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.
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Book Reading 2016

Book Reading 2016 | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books
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More relevant data as we build our library collections. "....Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%)."
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Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say

Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
RT @RoiGirard: Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works
#neuroscience #books #reading
https://t.co/LhJjHFbezD https://t.co/…
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This article discusses the findings from new research out of Dartmouth and Carnegie Mellon on the differences between reading on a digital and non-digital platform. From the abstract: The present research investigated whether digital and non-digital platforms activate differing default levels of cognitive construal. Two initial randomized experiments revealed that individuals who completed the same information processing task on a digital mobile device (a tablet or laptop computer) versus a non-digital platform (a physical print-out) exhibited a lower level of construal, one prioritizing immediate, concrete details over abstract, decontextualized interpretations. This pattern emerged both in digital platform participants' greater preference for concrete versus abstract descriptions of behaviors as well as superior performance on detail-focused items (and inferior performance on inference-focused items) on a reading comprehension assessment. A pair of final studies found that the likelihood of correctly solving a problem-solving task requiring higher-level "gist" processing was: (1) higher for participants who processed the information for task on a non-digital versus digital platform and (2) heightened for digital platform participants who had first completed an activity activating an abstract mindset, compared to (equivalent) performance levels exhibited by participants who had either completed no prior activity or completed an activity activating a concrete mindset.
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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.

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Majority of parents worried about children's digital reading, survey finds

Majority of parents worried about children's digital reading, survey finds | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it

Research by the BookTrust reveals concerns about youngsters’ screen time, attention span and loss of interest in print books

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From the article: The researchers believe there is a need to “seriously address the concerns of parents around using digital books with their children” because “it’s clear that as children get older they will read more digital material." 

So once again we see that even if we have hesitations around e-reading - it is not going away. We need to empower our students with the skills to accomplish this demanding reading!

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Books vs. e-books: The science behind the best way to read

Books vs. e-books: The science behind the best way to read | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it

Is a Kindle or Nook on your holiday gift list? First, check out what research says about the pros and cons of reading on screens

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Infographic: Summer Reading Habits | The Digital Reader

Infographic: Summer Reading Habits | The Digital Reader | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
With summer almost gone (in the northern hemisphere, anyway) there's not much time left to meet our summer reading goals. And as you can see from the following infographic, some Goodreads members have set high goals.

Via Valentina Morotti
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The Rise of Phone Reading

The Rise of Phone Reading | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; how publishers are rethinking books for the small screen.
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Why can’t we read anymore?

Or, Can books save us from what digital does to our brains?
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I think this is a well-written article exemplifying the distractibility of our daily lives. Especially interesting if you are parenting young children!
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Children's Reading Habits - Ramona Wray

Children's Reading Habits - Ramona Wray | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
The Sunday Question is a weekly feature exploring issues of topical interest. This week: Children's Reading Habits - how important is for children to read?
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The growing popularity of e-reading (infographic)

The growing popularity of e-reading (infographic) | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
The infographic visualizes the results of a Pew Internet report on e-reading and device usage. Although there are signs of stagnation, the…
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Response: Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper

Response: Reading Digitally vs. Reading Paper | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham, Kristin Ziemke, Lester Laminack and Kimberly Carraway explore that topic of reading digitally compared to reading on paper in this post.
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Do students lose depth in digital reading?

Do students lose depth in digital reading? | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
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Wonderful synopsis of her research from Naomi Baron.
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A Better Way to Read—in Color

A Better Way to Read—in Color | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
In the era of attention deficits, the new text will not be black and white.
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From the article on the process of reading: "Like any physical movement, they’re a matter of practice and coordination. The mechanics of getting text into one’s brain require skill apart from that involved in processing the meaning in that text. As with something like swimming or skateboarding, it’s a skill where most people can become proficient, but everyone’s capacity for speed and precision is not equal." But from research we know that the effective use of technology can make it easier to read for some of us!
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E-books, kids and the genre of ‘learning to read’ - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond

E-books, kids and the genre of ‘learning to read’ - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it

The adult-targeted e-book world often forgets that one barrier to entry into this ecosystem is…well, knowing how to read. I have written before about learn-to-read apps and other kid-focused goodies.

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Great tip from the author: "One strategy that I have recommended to several parents is a family read-together time. I had a student who was a good reader, but an easily distracted one and needed to build up her stamina for longer books. I told her mom to get out a book herself, then set a timer. For twenty minutes, they both could read together. E-book or paper, it doesn’t matter. Just model the habit of enjoying a book!"

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Children’s Reading in the Digital Age - RSA

Children’s Reading in the Digital Age - RSA | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it

Children's reading in the digital age - what does the research show about #literacy and screens? https://t.co/lgqRCBdwBu via @RSAEvents

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Great panel discussion!

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Infographic: Reading Has Its Benefits | The Digital Reader

Infographic: Reading Has Its Benefits | The Digital Reader | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
Reading expands the mind, can reduce stress, and it can also get the blood flowing (especially if you read while walking). The following infographic details some of the other benefits from reading, including a better vocabulary, improved memory, and an improved memory. The Metamorphosis Journal Check These Out!
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A Penny for Your Books

A Penny for Your Books | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
In recent years, low-cost booksellers have proliferated on the web. But how does a company that’ll sell you a book for a penny make a profit?
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The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead - The New York Times

The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead - The New York Times | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
With readers on a reverse migration to print, the “e-book terror has kind of subsided” for bookstores and publishers.
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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
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Let the Reader Beware: Evaluating Digital Books

Let the Reader Beware: Evaluating Digital Books | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
This week's post is a guest presentation by Elizabeth Dobler from Emporia State University. Beth has been working in an area that looms large for all educators: evaluating digital books for use in ...
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This article contains a very useful rubric for assessing ebooks for the classroom.

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E-books and student reading habits

E-books and student reading habits | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it
As mentioned in an earlier post, several student library ambassadors at The University of Manchester attended an e-book conference during which they sat on a question panel to discuss the subject o...
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'Deep reading in the digital age' topic of ALCTS President’s Program in San Francisco | News and Press Center

'Deep reading in the digital age' topic of ALCTS President’s Program in San Francisco | News and Press Center | e-Reading in the News | Scoop.it

Dr. Maryanne Wolf, John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, and Director, Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program June 29th.

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In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will explore three themes:

1. the transition from a literary to a digital culture with its concomitant effects on the changing reading brain;

2. the beauty and the threats of the digital milieu on the next generation of readers; and

3. the role of stewardship played by libraries in the preservation of "deep reading" in our culture.

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