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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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How Is Media Affecting Kids?

How Is Media Affecting Kids? | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
The effect of media and technology on children 8 and under in the US

Via Carisa Kluver
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I find this one a bit chilling. The numbers - particularly when you look at the teacher's perspective - really hit home about balancing that media diet with things that have no plugs or screens. Books, chalk, paint, music ... all those things are media too!

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Terry Doherty's comment, June 4, 2013 5:00 PM
Amazing how the eye is quickly drawn to some of the bigger numbers ... like 70% next to a television remote!
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, June 4, 2013 7:28 PM

Thank you for this frightening but powerful data.

Dr. Debra Harper, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:04 AM

No matter what life activity or event, our children need to be taught how to balance & (many times) separate work from play.  Too much of one over the other affects our ability as humans to  learn those things necessary to promote healthy relationships with others.

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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?

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This is still a scary prospect to me. What is this going to mean for fine motor development over time?

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:38 PM

In depth essay about kids & tablets ... excellent read!

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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called "Why Kids Can't Search".
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"getting kids to focus on what exactly they are searching for ..." Oh, what a challenge these days!

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The Value of Editors

The Value of Editors | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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 ...


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Couldn't agree more! Editorial input is the one "shortcut" that should never be taken. 

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Stacey Williams-Ng's comment, March 2, 2013 9:32 AM
Could not agree more, Carisa! We have two editors, both with years & years of experience... and although we can only afford to engage them on a freelance level, I still think it's crucial to have their eyes on every single publication.
Terry Doherty's comment, March 2, 2013 5:08 PM
Oh, I am SO glad you wrote this. Just recently reviewed a digital product where someone involved in the creation tried to pass off poor grammar and spelling errors as colloquialisms. Ugh!
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Fight for Literacy

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Click to see the others in the campaign. Agency: DDB, Paris. Via: homADge.


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Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365

Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365 | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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.

 

The time spent (for a child) on the iPad is….


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What do you think? New media "talk" to kids ... they're absobing language. Food for thought ...

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:06 PM

This would apply to a significant few.

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:30 PM

A reverse look at technology not as an aid for language learning, but rather as a potentially damaging tool for young children learning speech and other language-related skills.

Guy Garey's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:33 PM

This particular article helps to clarify the perennial discussion of 'how much is enough, & how much is too much?' Is technology something that can be labelled 'good' or 'bad'?  Is it something like sugar, which is fine in small amounts but sickening as the sole dietary ingredient? The scenario presented (technology, especially the TV, in a home with young children) may not be yours at the moment, but the directives contained here are applicable widely. This is a fine rebuttal to a laissez-faire acceptance of any electronic gadgetry 'because it's there.'

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Top 3 problems with tablets in the classroom | Digital Book World

Top 3 problems with tablets in the classroom | Digital Book World | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
With more than a million iPads in schools, teachers and students are enthusiastic about the technology, but tablet use in classroom brings about new problems.

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, February 15, 2013 9:07 AM

Insights into ebook content issues for schools ...

Terry Doherty's comment, February 25, 2013 11:29 AM
Thanks Carisa. You always find such great, thought-provoking pieces.
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Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces

Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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.

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 29, 2013 6:38 PM

Excellent article for reference ...

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:28 AM

For digital children's stories, quality is paramount. 

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Digital Literacy :: Cable in the Classroom

Digital Literacy :: Cable in the Classroom | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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.

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Kids and iPads: 5 things you need to know. | Timbuktu

Kids and iPads: 5 things you need to know. | Timbuktu | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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!


Via Carisa Kluver
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Excellent post on how to manage iPad 'screen time' with kids ... (from the makers of a great free kids magazine app worth checking out)

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, December 27, 2012 1:37 PM

Excellent post on how to manage iPad 'screen time' with kids ... (from the makers of a great free kids magazine app worth checking out)

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 27, 2012 7:50 PM

How to manage you kid's iPad time ... 

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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Are your children prepared to think and focus for success in 21st century life?

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WEAC's curator insight, August 7, 2015 9:55 AM

"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."

Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Using the Internet is like jet skiing.  Skimming along the surface of the water at high speed, exposed to a broad vista, surrounded by many distractions, and only able to focus fleetingly on any one thing.

Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2015 5:56 PM

This is true.  They seem to be absorbing ideas faster.

 

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How HANDwriting feeds Language, Literacy, Learning & Creativity

How HANDwriting feeds Language, Literacy, Learning & Creativity | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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...
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Learning to learn: the heart of reading

Learning to learn: the heart of reading | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
I was always a bookworm. In fifth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to finish every last book on the Battle of the Books competition list.
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This is a fabulous commentary on why reading paper books matters. I loved how it described the process of sorting, selecting, critical thinking, and most importantly, enjoying a book.

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High Tech Parenting Alert - KMIR-TV

High Tech Parenting Alert - KMIR-TV | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
High Tech Parenting Alert
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Think you have monitoring your teen's high tech life pretty well covered? 84 percent of parents say they do.
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Best Flashcard Apps: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide

Best Flashcard Apps: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Never fail a test again!

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Mixed feelings on this one ... nice to be "green," but are we trading tactile experience for more screen time?

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Marcia Pereira's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:53 AM

I hope that flashcards are not all our students use the ipad/iphone for, but if these apps help them learn, really learn the facts they need to know, then here are a few apps to try. 

Holland Bass's comment, May 7, 2013 3:55 AM
I like the idea of using an iPad for flashcards, but overall I don't think it is a good idea. Looking too long at a screen can harm your eyes, so the old notecards are still favourable for me.
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Create Great Video Stories with the New Google Story Builder

Create Great Video Stories with the New Google Story Builder | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Lino's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Es una aplicación potente y muy fácil de usar que nos permite crear clips de vídeo reproduciendo una historia  con frases de texto que hayamos ideado entre dos o más personajes.

 

El video final se puede compartir directamente en Google+ o como un enlace para cualquier sitio que deseemos (por desgracia, no se muestra una vista previa o miniatura cuando se trata de compartir vídeo creado con StoryBuilder en Facebook).

 

Una gran herramienta.

 

De uso libre. (No tenemos que registrarte o iniciar sesión para acceder a ella).

 

Pruébalo: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:20 AM

Stories are a power communication strategy. 

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:08 AM

A tool to use for digital story telling.

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Why Public Libraries are the Only Thing That Matters (to me) in the Print vs Digital Debate | The Digital Media Diet

Why Public Libraries are the Only Thing That Matters (to me) in the Print vs Digital Debate | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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 …


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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:18 PM

Libraries continue to play crucial role in the digital future.

Keith Koehler's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:56 PM

A good reminder that regardless of what format you use, librarians will always be needed to help with navigation, nurturing, application, and use of resources.  

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How to Teach a Novel: 13 Ways to Engage Students from Beginning to End: Active Lesson Openers and Closers

How to Teach a Novel: 13 Ways to Engage Students from Beginning to End: Active Lesson Openers and Closers | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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Mobile and Social Grab Spots in Moms' Grocery Carts - eMarketer

Mobile and Social Grab Spots in Moms' Grocery Carts - eMarketer | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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.
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Why is reading important? We use our phones for basics like grocery shopping!

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Kids and Family Reading Report – 4th edition revealed today

Kids and Family Reading Report – 4th edition revealed today | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

January 14th, 2013

Today, Scholastic announced the fourth edition of our Kids & Family Reading ReportTM.

 

Kids age 6-17 and their parents shared their views on reading in the increasingly digital landscape and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading.


Via Carisa Kluver
Terry Doherty's insight:

Fascinating survey. Everyone is honing in on the ebook upsurge ... but the kids say they like print for their fun reading. Go figure!

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:45 PM

Fascinating, must-read report for parents, educators, librarians and anyone interested in literacy. Includes lots of interesting data, like:

 

The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%).Half of children age 9–17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks – a 50% increase since 2010.Seventy-five percent of kids who have read an ebook are reading ebooks at home, with about one in four reading them at school.Seventy-two percent of parents are interested in having their child read ebooks.Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.

Read the full report for so much more!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, January 17, 2013 3:47 PM

It is fascinating and a bit scary...Kids' reading for fun is still quite the challenge for parents and teachers.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, January 17, 2013 4:23 PM
Thanks Cairsa for the post!
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Guest Post: Are Young Children’s Apps Babysitters for the Digital Age?

Guest Post: Are Young Children’s Apps Babysitters for the Digital Age? | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Andrew Kao is the co-founder of 77 Sparx, an award-winning children’s educational game studio. Based on data gathered from users of Puzzingo Puzzles, a series of children's apps, Andrew shares his ...

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, December 21, 2012 7:51 PM

Excellent insights from kids app developer 77 Sparx

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 21, 2012 11:41 PM

Bathtime might be the only sacred app free zone!

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Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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 ...


Via Carisa Kluver
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Interesting transition time for children's librarians ...

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 11:18 PM

Wherever there's a reader, we need a library...

BookChook's comment, January 9, 2013 5:45 PM
Love the height of the iPad on the shelf end in that photo!
Alexandra Conliffe's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:42 PM

Digital Literacy! 

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How children are using tablets [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

How children are using tablets [infographic] | Ebook Friendly | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
If you know a funny video about the 1-year old who tries to swipe the cover page of the print magazine, you won't be surprised with figures included in an
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Parenting News: Children rate Family time Above Receiving Gifts this Christmas - FemaleFirst.co.uk

Parenting News: Children rate Family time Above Receiving Gifts this Christmas - FemaleFirst.co.uk | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
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