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Literacy 2.0 - Tools, tips, news, and behind-the-scense stuff to help readers of all ages & stages.
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Improving Student Writing Using iPads - Dr. Wesley Fryer

"Slides for a series of hands-on iPad workshops by Dr. Wesley Fryer with elementary teachers in Lewisville, Texas, January 23-24, 2014. Learn more on: http://maps.playingwithmedia.com"


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Interesting perspective ... will engaging kids in elementary school translate to the stronger writing we expect of students.

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Gunnar Sewell's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:56 AM

While tablets such as the iPad can be a very useful tool for teachers and for student engagement, it is my strong belief that they should never replace or reduce interpersonal activities. Educators must always remember that the push to use technology in the classroom is mainly the result of high tech companies' marketing campaigns. 

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:31 PM

teachers often underestimate or underuse the power of the iPad

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Ebooks are actually not books—schools among first to realizing this fact | Digital Book World

Ebooks are actually not books—schools among first to realizing this fact | Digital Book World | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Schools are realizing that ebooks are not books at all—they are software and they should be sold the way software is sold.

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The discussion of "what's a book" continues. It is more than just format.

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▶ Teens Need Libraries - YouTube

Libraries are an important resource for our youth. Don't let them be without libraries. Learn more about how you can support libraries here: http://tinyurl.c...

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Wish list: That more children's book authors and illustrators would make apps.

Wish list: That more children's book authors and illustrators would make apps. | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Recently, on Facebook, I did a “small rant on a snowy day,” and thought I’d post it on this blog… “I wish more of my children's book illustrator friends would do apps. You are needed! The ‘art’ in ...

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, December 15, 2013 4:46 PM

A great post about the role of fine art in children's digital content ...

Katherine Page Burdick's curator insight, January 10, 2014 4:48 PM

They don't becaus ethere is no money to be made. Parenst will gladly pay $15 for a hardcover book but rarely for that same book as an app with many more features and that will be as new as the day you bought it no matter how many hands touch it..

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Should I Get My Child an Amazon Kindle e-Reader?

Should I Get My Child an Amazon Kindle e-Reader? | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
A discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a child to own an Amazon Kindle. Examines whether the Kindle is suitable for kids.
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Many of us are thinking about buying gadgets for our kids. Devices like a Kindle are attractive in part, because, well, the kids are reading.

 

This post from The Swallows Nest offers a mom's perspective as she debated with herself about the decision. ~ Terry

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What is a Book App vs an eBook? | The Book App Alliance

What is a Book App vs an eBook? | The Book App Alliance | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

There is plenty of confusion over the subject of eBooks when it comes to what defines them. Any book published in a digital format is generally referred to as an eBook.

 

But there are big differences when you look at the formats, how the book is created, how the book is sold and delivered, and how the reader uses or interacts with it.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:51 PM

Nice Infographic from Book App Alliance blog.

Beth Caruso's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:29 AM

Interesting comparison 

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5 Things Video Games Do Better Than Any Other Forms of Art

5 Things Video Games Do Better Than Any Other Forms of Art | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Winston Rowntree:  "What the hell can games do that books and interpretive dance can't? A lot, it turns out."


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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, June 23, 2013 1:17 PM

Ce dessin illustre la notion d'"expérience utilisateur" !

OomphMediaGarage's curator insight, June 23, 2013 10:03 PM

Gaming is a great way to experience a story in a variety of ways, often choosing the story you would like to experience based on a set of given boundaries. Kind of like a choose your own adventure book, but typically with better graphics. that is not to say, however, that gaming replaces books, performance art, theatre, etc. Convergence isn't replacement.

malek's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:12 PM

Step Outside the Narrative, true.

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Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services

Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Tech-savvy younger Americans are more likely than older adults to have read printed books in the past year, are more likely to appreciate reading in libraries, and are just as strong supporters of traditional library services as older adults, a new...

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, October 17, 2013 2:34 AM

The digital materialsfand platforms are increasing in Finland and the students have partly said there is too much technology in schools. It is an odd since they are used to technology out-of-school. Do they have a need to make a strong difference between school time and out-of-school time activities? 

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Study: Tablet Users Are More Attentive and Tablet Ads Generate Better Recall [INFOGRAPHIC]

Study: Tablet Users Are More Attentive and Tablet Ads Generate Better Recall [INFOGRAPHIC] | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Key takeways

- Tablet users watch videos when they’re relaxing thus lesser distraction and longer time. Hence, better ad recall.
- 65% spend over an hour per day watching videos
- Consumers multitask less when using tablets when compared to others devices
- Tablets are usually used for “me-time”
- After eating, smartphone is the #2 distraction to a tablet user

 Details: http://ijustdid.org/2013/10/advertising-on-tablets/


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Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

"There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library..."


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A Must Read Parent Guide-Apple ID for Students

A Must Read Parent Guide-Apple ID for Students | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Apple has recently published a PDF guide for parents on the importance of Apple ID and how it could be used to improve kids overall learning. I have just finished reading it and I must say that you...

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Lina Gordaneer's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:11 AM

Just found this. Haven't read it yet but it seems EXTREMELY interesting...

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The Impact Of Technology On Curiosity

The Impact Of Technology On Curiosity | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Looking at the impact Of technology on curiosity is also a look at the impact of technology on learning

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:29 PM

Curiosity is probably the greatest intrinsic motivator for learning... foster curiosity and you create a learner...

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, January 29, 2014 1:57 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Tonya Ward Singer's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:57 AM

Provocative article, especially the questions at the bottom, including: What happens when students don't know what they don't know?

 

I ask this for us as communities and a socieity, what happens when we don't know what we don't know?     

 

History has some terrifying answers on what people can do collectively when locked into a set idea of "knowledge."   

 

How can we best leverage technology to support students as critical thinkers, curious and empowered? 

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Audio Book Resources -Develop Listening Skills, Increase Comprehension/Reasoning

Audio Book Resources -Develop Listening Skills, Increase Comprehension/Reasoning | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Are you looking for some great websites that provide access to digital stories? This post focuses on children's audio books and provides links to stories that may be downloaded or streamed (for free!). In some cases children may also "read" the book online (again, at no charge).
Why choose to use digital books? They help students "develop listening skills and can increase comprehension and reasoning ability...(and) site word recongition when accompanied by text." Many valuable academic skills can be reinforced through digital text. Check out the links by clicking through to the post.


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iSort Words - A Fun Way to Practice Word Families - App Review -

iSort Words - A Fun Way to Practice Word Families - App Review - | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Word families are a familiar skill for elementary aged children. iSort Words is a great tool for children to practice this sometimes tedious lesson.

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We all started with these words because they're the building blocks. What we don't like about them as adults is the repetitive practice. This tool may be just what you're looking for.

 

 

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BookChook's curator insight, January 8, 2014 6:09 PM

Sorting activities, word building etc. 

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Hunting for Words

Hunting for Words | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
By encouraging our children to play and have fun with words, we're helping them develop both reading and writing skills.

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10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic | e-Learning ...

10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic | e-Learning ... | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic By 2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. In 2012, 65% of workers.

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Joseph Hill Ed.D's curator insight, December 30, 2013 7:51 AM

How might this shape our investment behaviors in 2014?

Miguel Garcia Mulet's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:40 PM

If you're in the Training business, you need to look at your phone more closely.

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Craig Seasholes's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:39 PM

Gotta stay mobile (and infographical) because that's where we're all headed.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:03 AM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Christy P.Novack's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:10 AM

A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers
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Untangling New Technologies for Children - Fred Rogers Center - Blog

Untangling New Technologies for Children - Fred Rogers Center - Blog | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

When you throw a rock into a pond, the ripples go outward in a circle. They expand at the same rate in all directions, until the wake hits something that alters the geometry.

 

Now, imagine that a child turning on a screen-media device is that stone plopping into the water, and the effects or outcomes of that act are the emanating waves. Here, the pattern is crazily fractured—going out at different speeds, changing directions, overlapping itself, bouncing off some unseen force.

 

This was the image that formed in my mind during the New America Foundation’s research roundtable: “Digital Media and Early Learning: What We Know and What We Need to Learn,” on October 15th.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:21 PM

Excellent piece from David Kleeman ...

Caren Cantrell's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:36 PM

My concern is that young children become increasingly frustrated with having to compete with mobile devices for the attention of their parents. What type of adult will they in turn become?

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Children's Media Use in America 2013 Infographic from Common Sense Media

Children's Media Use in America 2013 Infographic from Common Sense Media | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:20 PM

Fascinating new report out this week!

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Do You Know How Excessive Screen Time May Harm Your Child’s Brain? - LePort Schools

Do You Know How Excessive Screen Time May Harm Your Child’s Brain? - LePort Schools | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
I recently talked with two well-meaning mothers who proudly explained how they use electronic toys [...]
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What does a school library look like in the dig...

What does a school library look like in the dig... | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
As more of her students use ebooks and iPads to read, principal Tricia Kelleher reflects on the role of her school's library (What does a school library look like in the digital age?
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40 Sites for Educational Games | Digital Learning Environments


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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:21 AM

I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games.  This list, presented in alphabetical order, has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use with their students.

 

- See more at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/tools_technologies/40_sites_educational_games#sthash.PUQs078l.dpuf

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, October 5, 2013 11:00 AM

Great resource.  

Amale Aldarwish's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:02 AM

It is really nice to have a list like this not only for educational games but also for any tech tools or ways to use technological tools is education. What I like in this list, that is presented in alphabetical order, has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use with their students. 

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Blurring the Digital Page: The Difference Between Book Apps and eBooks | The Digital Media Diet

Blurring the Digital Page: The Difference Between Book Apps and eBooks | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

This past week brought lots of questions my way, asking for a definition that distinguishes between an “eBook” and “book app”. The flood of interest may have been partly in response to the announcement from Random House, stating that they are bringing Dr. Seuss to ebooks for the first time. Articles with titles like Dr. Seuss Makes His Digital Debut, left many of my readers scratching their heads.

 

Several people asked me how this was possible, when all of the Dr. Seuss titles are already available from Oceanhouse Media. Maybe those are book apps and not ‘ebooks’ but they are certainly digital. As a result, I found myself explaining digital book rights, variations in format & OS, as well as device segmentation and other topics that were guaranteed to confuse and bore my readers to tears. In the end, the announcement from this major publisher seemed hollow at best and misleading at worst.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, September 9, 2013 8:39 PM

Just published this rant about the ebook vs book app question ...

@CotCotCotApps's curator insight, September 10, 2013 4:08 AM

must read to understand today's digital book paradigm...

Caren Cantrell's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:44 PM

If you're looking for something to do in your free time - this author could certainly use some help defining the difference between and e-Book and a book "app". I wish I could help but frankly, I didn't even realize I needed to be concerned about it until I read his article.

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A new study shows why you should get the kids to bed on time

A new study shows why you should get the kids to bed on time | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Going to bed at a regular time every night could give your child's brain a boost, recent research shows.

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:21 PM

Researchers at University College London found that when 3-year-olds have a regular bedtime they perform better on cognitive tests administered at age 7 than children whose bedtimes weren't consistent. The findings represent a new twist on an expanding body of research showing that inadequate sleep in children and adolescents hurts academic performance and overall health.