Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online
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SLJ Leadership Summit 2010: Donald Leu on Embracing New Literacies

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This article outlines an interview with Donald Leu, director of the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. Leu explains that online reading and comprehension requires a different skill set that traditional print reading and that teacher-librarian’s should take a leadership role in teaching these skills.

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Strategies for online reading comprehension

Strategies for online reading comprehension | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
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This is an article that gives suggestions for teaching students how to read online, including explicitly teaching how traditional reading strategies apply to the internet, how to navigate a website and use hypertext and how to expand comprehension exercises to fit the internet. In addition, the article provides a link to http://www.readability.com/, a website that converts websites to basic text.

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Reading Online

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This is a website editorial that acknowledges the variance in quality of material on the internet and offers suggestions and resources for teaching how to evaluate websites for reliability.

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People of the Screen

People of the Screen | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
An article from "The New Atlantis."
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A longer magazine article that examines the changing nature of reading and discusses the future of print/reading culture.

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Online Reading Comprehension

Online Reading Comprehension | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
Learning and teaching New Literacies
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This blog, written by a group of teachers from Sydney, chronicles their exploration into online reading comprehension.  Links to multiple tools and research studies/websites are provided.

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Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies

Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
The Internet is often the first stop for student researchers, but few know how to vet sources effectively. In this lesson, students learn about Internet research through an interactive PowerPoint presentation.
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This website contains lesson plans aimed at teaching students the difference between traditional and online research, as well as skills to help evaluate the reliability of internet sources. In addition, there is information on how to cite internet sources of information.

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How Users Read on the Web

Users don't read Web pages, they scan. Highlighting and concise writing improved measured usability 47-58%. Marketese imposed a cognitive burden on users and was disliked.
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This article, by reading web guru Jakob Nielsen, briefly examines how users read on the web and the need for websites to employ scannable text techniques.

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News Blog: Online v. print reading: which one makes us smarter?

News Blog: Online v. print reading: which one makes us smarter? | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
It's no mystery that publications have been taking a beating as more and more people read their news on the Net . But there's a catch.
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This article from Scientific American briefly explores some of the research highlighting the challenges of reading online.

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Instructional Strategies for Critically Evaluating Online Information

Instructional Strategies for Critically Evaluating Online Information | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
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This website offers instructional strategies for critically evaluating online information

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The Technology of Text - IEEE Spectrum

The Technology of Text - IEEE Spectrum | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
Type designers, psychologists, and engineers are joining forces to improve reading onscreen
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This article examines the technical aspects of online text (size, layout, placement, resolution) and how it connects to the online reading experience.  New efforts into type design and advances in screen resolution are explored and further links to other articles are provided.

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How we read online.

How we read online. | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
You're probably going to read this. It's a short paragraph at the top of the page. It's surrounded by white space. It's in small type.
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This article asks "how do we read online?" by examining the physical layout and technical aspects of online print.  Tips for making screen reading layouts more comfortable are mentioned.

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Teaching Reading 3-5

Teaching Reading 3-5 | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
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This video, featuring Donald Leu, describes some of the new skills students will need to read effectively on the internet.

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The TICA Research Project Website

The TICA Research Project Website | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
The joint Clemson and UConn IES Research Project website. Developing Internet Coprehension Strategies among Poor, Adolescent Students at Risk to Become Dropouts.
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This website (Teaching Internet Comprehension to Adolescents) chronicles the project "Developing Internet Comprehension Strategies among Poor, Adolescent Students at Risk to Become Dropouts"

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Education World: I Read It on the Internet: Teaching About Web Literacy

Education World: I Read It on the Internet: Teaching About Web Literacy | Teaching Students to Read Effectively Online | Scoop.it
Media literacy must be carefully taught, and EdWorld's lessons on Web site content evaluation can help.
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This website looks at teaching students how to evaluate the authority and truthfulness of a website when reading online. It contains links to lessons and other websites as resources.

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