Lately, I’ve been concerned with an angle of the digital market that needs discussing: Editors. It concerns me that so few digital-only/digital-first writers are hiring this all-important help before the books go live ...
I actually fought the smart phone craze for a while…but I also saw the may benefits of having one. I fought it because I got sick of seeing people constantly checking their email and such while around other people. And I told myself I wouldn’t do that.
But admittedly, I do sometimes.
Being transparent with you all and honest…I do think (and always have) that technology can definitely hinder speech and language development. And here is why.
How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.
The meaning of literacy has changed. It used to be enough to teach children how to read and write, speak and listen. Today, they also communicate through a variety of media, each of which presents unique advantages and challenges.
Did you give/receive an iPad for Christmas? Are you trying to figure out how to manage the relationship between your kids and the iPad? You may want to read this post and to share your tips about tablets and kids.
You already know they love it: apparently, 48% of American kids asked Santa an iPad for Christmas. You saw them fighting to get it, you heard them asking for it first thing when you’re back home. You may have seen them hiding behind the sofa to get some extra iPad time before going to sleep (true story). The question is: is the iPad bad for your kids? No. At least, not necessarily. Follow these simple guidelines, and you’ll make the most out of this expensive tablet!
Literacy, families and learning ... This is one of the reasons that kinaesthetic approaches have been used for children with early literacy problems for decades; Experiment with language as a representational form along with drawing - children's...
I began this post nine months ago and have struggled to feel like it is finished. I now realize it will never be finished … no more than a river will be done flowing. It is about information, knowledge, curiosity and ultimately our humanity. In many ways, the cultural landscape is being transformed before our eyes. Our previous notions of publishing, authorship, literacy and even reading itself have changed substantially in just a few years. It is dramatic enough to make us tremble at what more may be to come …
Female grocery shoppers are increasingly turning to mobile grocery apps and social platforms for meal planning and menu inspiration. And a significant percentage of moms seeking recipes are also using Pinterest.
Terry Doherty's insight:
Why is reading important? We use our phones for basics like grocery shopping!
A recent storytime at the Watertown (MA) Free Public Library began, as usual, with a song, followed by a “stand up, sit down” exercise to help the kids settle in. Children read from Don and Audrey Wood’s iconic picture book The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. But then came a digital twist.
Emily Miranda, Watertown’s supervisor of children’s services, passed out 15 iPads. Parents and children huddled close and opened The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow), an interactive, musical app, which allows children to physically participate in the story. “The characters have these fantastic British accents,” says Miranda. “It’s really fun to watch the kids blowing their houses down. Their snot’s going everywhere and it’s great!”
Watertown’s experiment with “digital storytime” is part of a larger, nationwide shift toward using apps in children’s library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process ...
As text and image converge and blend, complement or replace one another, and become something new, our ways of reading and writing and studying have become transformed as well. If we want to help our students become effective communicators, that is, effective users and producers of image-texts, we need to understand these media from the inside out and become better users and producers ourselves.