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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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Writing with Images in the Digital Age

Writing with Images in the Digital Age | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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.


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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 2, 2012 3:09 PM
Great article, thanks!
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Drat! I didn't see your finger prints on this one I was going to send it too you!
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 4, 2012 2:22 PM
Terry, I got your message above - not sure my paws are that big but I love the post - so thanks!
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Educam Classroom Viewer: Top New Teaching App - Fun Educational Apps: Top Apps for Kids Reviews!

Educam Classroom Viewer: Top New Teaching App - Fun Educational Apps: Top Apps for Kids Reviews! | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Educam Classroom Viewer an incredible tool for teachers. It takes student work to a whole new level, putting the learning directly into the students' hands. Students are engaged in lessons that have them creating products instead of simply viewing a lesson.


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Homeschooling Tool App Review: AppStar Picks: Best Apps for Kids Reviews

Homeschooling Tool App Review: AppStar Picks: Best Apps for Kids Reviews | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
So much care, time, and effort have been put into the detailed reviews included in AppStar Picks. This timesaving resource combines the favorite apps of six different review sites for a best-of-the-best app browsing experience.

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E-books could become the norm for children as sales soar - Telegraph

E-books could become the norm for children as sales soar - Telegraph | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Sales of children’s e-books nearly tripled over the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2011, figures from the Publishers Association (PA) showed yesterday.

 

Richard Mollet, chief executive of the PA, said that 2.6 million children’s e-books were sold over the first half of this year, compared to 1 million the previous year.

 

Publishers and retailers said that advances in technology have meant that digital books for children, including picture books, have taken off in an “explosive” way in recent months.

 

Experts said that the huge increase in children’s e-book sales could lead to a generation of people growing up reading more from Kindle screens than from real books.


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Video Games and Storytelling


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Dear iBooks: Maybe Apple Is Just Not That Into You … | The Digital Media Diet

Have you ever recommended an app to a friend? How about an iBook? Last month, while on a field trip for my child’s class, I was talking to another parent about the many great possibilites for iBooks Author. In the process, she wanted to download something I recommended right then, onto her iPhone. However, we both soon discovered, while looking at her device, that she didn’t have iBooks installed. And she couldn’t install it until she got on a wifi network, since the app is over 30MB.

 

Before this, I knew that iBooks was an app I had to download onto my iPad, but I hadn’t really thought about how this simple fact might be creating a significant barrier to consumer adoption of iBooks. Why would Apple do this? I assume a decision this big wasn’t by chance. Consider the apps that do come pre-installed on every new iPad ...


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Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Seuss was right. Reading opens up our minds to new experiences and knowledge. For children, it can be a magical time. Today’s story telling has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of books on digital devices. Kids can now interact with stories, touching the screen and exploring the different features a particular book app has to offer.

 

If you have a reluctant reader, encouraging them to read can be a bit of a challenge. So can finding the right level of interactivity in children’s book apps so that it doesn’t distract from the reading experience. Parents, myself included, want to have their child immersed in the story for the right reasons.

 

There are added benefits to reading on a digital device. Interactivity, when used the right way, can be helpful for a number of kids, from beginning and reluctant readers to English language learners. For instance, if a child is stuck on a word, they can tap the screen and have the word repeated until they are able to pronounce it.

 

So how do we encourage kids to read in the digital age? Creating good literacy habits starts young and to ensure that children have a wonderful reading experience, here are 10 helpful tips on keeping reading fun and educational in the digital medium ...


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Pinterest as a learning tool: Do the two compute? | ZDNet

Pinterest as a learning tool: Do the two compute? | ZDNet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
Summary: Pinterest: is it just full of cupcakes and pouting girls, or can it be used as a learning tool?

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Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Seuss was right. Reading opens up our minds to new experiences and knowledge. For children, it can be a magical time. Today’s story telling has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of books on digital devices. Kids can now interact with stories, touching the screen and exploring the different features a particular book app has to offer.

 

If you have a reluctant reader, encouraging them to read can be a bit of a challenge. So can finding the right level of interactivity in children’s book apps so that it doesn’t distract from the reading experience. Parents, myself included, want to have their child immersed in the story for the right reasons.

 

There are added benefits to reading on a digital device. Interactivity, when used the right way, can be helpful for a number of kids, from beginning and reluctant readers to English language learners. For instance, if a child is stuck on a word, they can tap the screen and have the word repeated until they are able to pronounce it.

 

So how do we encourage kids to read in the digital age? Creating good literacy habits starts young and to ensure that children have a wonderful reading experience, here are 10 helpful tips on keeping reading fun and educational in the digital medium ...


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Developers Join Together to Offer Free Apps for Education

Developers Join Together to Offer Free Apps for Education | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Recently six app developers from different parts of the world joined forces in an App Evaluation Program for Schools. The program will provide educators everywhere with free quality learning apps for the iPad platform. So far, nearly 300 teachers from four continents have taken the opportunity to sign up. Teachers who have not signed up yet, can do so here:http://happipapi.com/evaluation-program-for-schools

 

 

“The program is really a win win,” says Patrick Larson of Happi Papi, one of the companies behind the program. ”Teachers get to test great learning apps and the developers get the opportunity to put our apps in front a very important group of their target audience. Although, giving feedback isn’t mandatory for teachers in the program, we have already gotten a lot of great suggestions back for our app ...


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Interactive screen time for kids: Do educational iPad apps teach toddlers anything?

Interactive screen time for kids: Do educational iPad apps teach toddlers anything? | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

No more plopping preschoolers in front of videos to “zone out.” With the emergence of touchscreen tablets and e-readers, screen time has become interactive—and thus less guilt-inducing for parents who need a short break. Every purposeful swipe of our children’s fingers seems to offer a reassuring signal that their minds are at work, contemplating what to do next.


Are interactive media really better, though? As Screen-Free Week carries on, and as electronic games for young children flood the market—72 percent of iTunes’ top-selling “education” apps are designed for preschoolers and elementary school children, according to a recent report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop—we need to find out.


Few studies looking specifically at tablets and touchscreen phones have been released yet. But research from Georgetown University, published in 2010, can give us a hint of whether interactive screen time has any potential for teaching children as young as 2½ years old. The short answer is yes, but the caveats are many ...


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The Post Bulletin

It is interesting to see the perceptions of social media. We think of it as "new," but as you'll see, one teacher has been using it in her classroom for more than 10 years! Cool!

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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
What's the difference between an ebook, an app and an interactive ebook? We explain.
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Mary Meeker releases stunning data on the state of the Internet

Mary Meeker releases stunning data on the state of the Internet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Mary Meeker's huge, well-researched slideshows are a treasure trove of data on the state of the Internet. Here's her latest, with highlights called out by VentureBeat.


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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

>A great list of resources for all levels of librarians.

 

"Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 185 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there! Please feel free to add your suggestions!"


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Fantastic Resource: Reading Like Historians

Fantastic Resource: Reading Like Historians | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

That said, check out this wonderful collection of videos from The Teaching Channel around “reading like a historian.” We’re brought right into the classroom, and the issues of teaching content-area reading are really front and center along a few threads: an overview, the evaluation of sources, putting history in context, and corroboration of information. I am definitely sharing this with collection with my colleagues.


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40 best practice Instructional Strategies to engage kids in authentic learning

Instructional Strategies for the Journey North Teacher...

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Opinion: Children’s gaming skills do not equal computer literacy

Opinion: Children’s gaming skills do not equal computer literacy | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

As America moves toward closing the digital divide by helping equip even the most impoverished schools with laptops, PCs, tablet computers and iPods, let us ponder the dawning of a new kind of gulf that’s not based on lack of technology but the inability to use it meaningfully.


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Is ‘Post-PC’ a mobile tech slogan, or the new reality? - The Globe and Mail

Is ‘Post-PC’ a mobile tech slogan, or the new reality? - The Globe and Mail | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

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Math Apps Gone Free! MathSpins Series by iHomeEducator - Fun Educational Apps: Top Apps for Kids Reviews!

Math Apps Gone Free! MathSpins Series by iHomeEducator - Fun Educational Apps:  Top Apps for Kids Reviews! | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
We know it’s the holidays! … but here are some top math apps gone free for a limited times. All MathSpins by iHomeEducator are Free!

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How Important Will Mobile Technology Be to 21st Century Seniors?

How Important Will Mobile Technology Be to 21st Century Seniors? | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
This article helps senior citizens find useful apps to improve their safety and autonomy.

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The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 1) | The Digital Media Diet

The Bedtime Story App – Our Top 25 Recommendations (Part 1) | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

Storytelling on the iPad can take many forms. But no story time is more sacred for most families than the bedtime story. Finding a way to settle down at nighttime can be a struggle for many children, so for generations we have held our babes close, peered at a book together and woven the magic of countless tales in the dim light of bedrooms around the globe. But what does the digital revolution mean for the bedtime story?


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Kids AppFriday: May 4, 2012 - Free or Discounted Apps! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Kids AppFriday: May 4, 2012 - Free or Discounted Apps! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it
It’s AppFriday time .. and once more some great apps for your kids are going free or on sale.

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The new iPad vs Nook Color vs Kindle Fire: Who has the best family tablet? | The Digital Media Diet

The new iPad vs Nook Color vs Kindle Fire: Who has the best family tablet? | The Digital Media Diet | Modern Literacy | Scoop.it

With the new iPad just released, there’s never been a better time to buy a tablet device. But what’s the best tablet for your whole family? We’ve been an iPad family for a couple years now, but we’ve also enjoyed testing out a Nook Color and Kindle Fire recently, getting both tablets over Christmas. For now I will ignore the other Android-based tablets on the market, since these three are the most popular. What follows are my thoughts and some of the highlights of each device. At the end you will find a comprehensive table I’ve created for comparison (grab your reading glasses since the print is small).

 

Overall, I found that the Kindle Fire and Nook Color tablets were equal as e-readers, but once my family moved away from traditional reading materials into more interactive content ...


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