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App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet

App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen story apps with knockout art and animation – digital eye candy so vibrant, lovely, and/or filled with whimsy we may just want to slip into this new world and stay forever. Which is why adults, who do all the reviewing and buying of kids story apps, go gaga for apps that look great. And of course, story apps need to look great on the screen. After all, we’re talking about creating content for a visual medium.

 

But story apps have the word “story” right in there for a reason. They need an actual story to qualify. A boy sitting down to slurp a loooong noodle isn’t a story. When a length of pasta is a story’s only protagonist and it doesn’t even speak or do anything, well, we’ve truly entered the realm of PDD (Plot Deficit Disorder).


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Great insight and nice reminders on "keeping your eye on the prize."

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BookChook's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:02 PM

I would add, not only a good story, but also written in good English. Some of the misspellings and vocabulary choices I've seen are downright alarming. 

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Disorder, Disability or Difference: What’s the Right Term? - NCLD

Disorder, Disability or Difference: What’s the Right Term? - NCLD | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
What’s the right term—disorder, disability or difference? In the world of learning disabilities and attention issues, it can sometimes depend on context.

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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, April 1, 5:20 AM

An excellent and timely summary with sound advice for parents seeking to navigate the terminology on behalf of their kids.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 1, 5:53 AM

These terms are not interchangeable.  This is a good review in how they arose in different contexts and have different implications. -Lon

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

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Reading is a social experience ... what other way can you think of to show children how people value reading than by going to the library?

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The Warmth of a Shared Experience by Cynthia Lord

The Warmth of a Shared Experience by Cynthia Lord | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
When I do a school visit, teachers will sometimes confess to me that they cried while reading one of my novels aloud to their students. They’re often embarrassed, but I always say, “Oh, no. Please ...
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Cynthia Lord said this so much more eloquently, so please read through.

 

The bottom line: Reading and literacy are so much more than absorbing and reframing ideas and decoding words.

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Black History Month: Strong Women for Strong Girls • Family Bookshelf

Black History Month: Strong Women for Strong Girls • Family Bookshelf | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
For Black History Month 2014, the Reading Tub lists biographies of women who are not household names, but who influenced society, culture, and history.
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Celebrating strong women in history for today's young ladies.

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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Family Literacy | Scoop.it


Many people often think of play in the form of images of young children at recess engaging in games of tag, ball, using slides, swings, and physically exploring their environments. But physical play is not the only kind of play. We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development.


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Bookboard is Celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day! - Bookboard

Bookboard is Celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day! - Bookboard | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
In celebration of the third annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, we are partnering with over 400 libraries throughout the United States and Canada to

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Can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday!

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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Paula Cocozza: Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past few years – and as many parents are finding, children are highly proficient at using them. But are these devices harmful to their development?

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ipads and kids, screen time

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Literacy is a family affair at the Farmington Community Library - Hometownlife.com

Literacy is a family affair at the Farmington Community Library
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And that creative play is used to promote literacy, to help children read, comprehend and learn, while also providing parents and caregivers with help and guidance.
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creative + imaginative play = promoting literacy

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How to boost your child's literacy while working from home

How to boost your child's literacy while working from home | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Author Angela James gives some tips on how busy parents can help their children with their reading. 
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Reading a vital skill for disabled - ABQ Journal

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Reading a vital skill for disabled
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A: It's important that everyone learn to read in these times, including children and adults who are developmentally disabled. And it's ...
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Thinking Out Loud – How New Media is Changing Our Species on a Fundamental Level | The Digital Media Diet

Thinking Out Loud – How New Media is Changing Our Species on a Fundamental Level | The Digital Media Diet | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

But what’s all the rush, why do we feel like time is running out or moving faster than we can manage? Why are some of the most talented and intelligent professionals, especially those I meet in traditional publishing, running around as if there hair is literally on fire? What has changed so dramatically in the past decade? And what messages are we, as adults, passing onto our little ones when we seem so distracted by all these ‘shiny new devices’ appearing everywhere in our lives these days? Are we worried? YES! Do we know how to handle it? NO!

 

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, October 5, 2013 12:37 PM

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Solution to digital overload!

 

Go outdoors to get at least one hour of exercise!!

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The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate International Literacy Day!

The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate International Literacy Day! | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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This is such an easy day to celebrate. A book and 20 minutes together makes a *world* of difference. 

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BookChook's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:32 PM

Ideas for celebrating International Literacy Day with kids (September 8). 

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Thank you. They are great.
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The Book Chook: Free Educational Games at Room Recess

The Book Chook: Free Educational Games at Room Recess | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, July 28, 2013 4:11 PM

Math and word games online at Room Recess

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6th Grade Reading Comprehension: Understanding Complex ...

6th Grade Reading Comprehension: Understanding Complex ... | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Reading comprehension is an important concept that a student must learn early on. Reading comprehension isn't just taking what you've read on a page, but it is also understanding what you've read and being able to explain ...

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Tweet from @drmichaelhart

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172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online

172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
This article contains scores of links to free online comics and graphic novels.

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BookChook's curator insight, February 28, 2:27 PM

Lots of free comics and graphic novels online. 

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Literacy Ideas for a Snowy Day • Family Bookshelf

Literacy Ideas for a Snowy Day • Family Bookshelf | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Stuck at home on another snow day? Try these three easy-to-do literacy ideas that are fun and memorable. Just what you need to heat things up.
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Kirby's Lane: A Place for Readers and Writers: From the Office of the Future of Reading

Kirby's Lane: A Place for Readers and Writers: From the Office of the Future of Reading | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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"Your job as parents/caregivers is not to teach your child how to read (we do this at school) but instead to help encourage your child to want to read." ~ Carrie Gelson

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Best YA Books for Discussing Social Issues Among Teenagers

Best YA Books for Discussing Social Issues Among Teenagers | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

Best YA Books: Teenagers and adults have their share of tough issues, and everyone enjoys well-written stories about hardship and triumph. ... Read the full story written by Laurie Halse Anderson on Huff Post Books.


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11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Teaching Reading - Education ...

11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Teaching Reading - Education ... | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Here's a list of advice I wish I had given myself before I taught reading. In fact, I wish I had known these things when I first started social studies. Some of this might be "duh" information, but for me, it was all new.
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Parents are our kids first reading teachers. 

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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This is a brief review of the relevant research evidence which overwhelmingly supports a later start to formal education. This evidence relates to the contribution of playful experiences to children’s development as learners, and the consequences of starting formal learning at the age of four to five years of age - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.2OnTfsn4.dpuf
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Twitter / JensBookPage: A Year of Reading: #CYBILS: ...

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Picture book + biography? Booya! Fun reading for everyone.

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Reading at five: Why?

Reading at five: Why? | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

"For 40 years I have searched without success for studies that support the notion that reading at five is a helpful step for long-term success in school. A recent doctoral thesis confirmed the absence of such evidence."


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Feeling pressured to have your 7-year-old read Harry Potter? A new study confirmst what others before have shown: it is neither realistic nor productive.

 

This article in Seen Magazine explains the ins and outs of learning to read. What I love most is that it shows parents what reasonable goals and milestones look like. 

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Deborah McNelis's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:47 AM

Let's realize that children's brains need to develop well prior to pushing academics!

Connie Anderson's curator insight, October 7, 2013 6:20 PM

Did you learn to love learning in kindergarten? What did you love? What will happen to our nation's early learners if we replace a play environment with an academic and highly structured one?

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School Librarian in Action: November 2013 is Picture Book Month

School Librarian in Action: November 2013 is Picture Book Month | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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7 Outstanding iPad Apps to Help with Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Outstanding iPad Apps to Help with Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

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Einar Sveinn Árnason's curator insight, August 23, 2013 9:35 AM

Hugmyndir að öppum sem nemendur geta nýtt sér í náminu.