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What We Really Need To Learn To Be Successful In Life - Part I

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If there were no schools and traditional academic curriculums, and one had the option to question and rethink a human being learning curriculum what would be in it? If we suspend momentarily the reasoning and goals that went into
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Critical thinking and cognitive skills needed for life!

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Publishing: we can't see the right track for all the digital platforms

Publishing: we can't see the right track for all the digital platforms | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Robert McCrum: More young people are reading books now than they were 10 years ago. And despite all the talk about electronic devices, content remains king
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Reading is still hot but the choice of how we read will still dominate and divide.  

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Is This the Future of Reading? MIT's Experimental Sensory Book - KQED (blog)

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Is This the Future of Reading? MIT's Experimental Sensory Book
KQED (blog)
This new invention from the MIT Media Lab will no doubt be controversial.
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A different kind of reading experience with augmented reading.  Future calling?

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David Villalobos's curator insight, February 13, 2:21 PM

Wow,  if this can get past the beta stage i would be extremely excited. Imagine reading about a cold rainy day and you can actually feel the cold air run down your spine. This a really amazing innovative way to read and could change the way authors write. It will motivate them to be even more descriptive than they already are. 

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Inspiring Kids to Read – 10 Simple Tips

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      Before my children were even born, I kn… (Inspire your kiddos to read with these 10 steps via @urthmama: http://t.co/jo6r2L4xuh #literacy #reading #ece #homeschool)...
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Good reminders about the reasons we need to role model reading with our kids!  

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Apps and dyslexia

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Apps for iPhones, iPads and Android Devices Edited by Cheryl Dobbs. This article provides some suggestions for specific areas of need that some users with dyslexic difficulties encounter. For simpl...
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Some awesome reading apps to help your students read using e reader devices.  A wonderful asset for those with Dyslexic tendencies.   

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM

"...This article provides some suggestions for specific areas of need that some users with dyslexic difficulties encounter. For simplicity, and to prevent overwhelming users, we have intentionally restricted the number in each section as a starting point for ideas rather than presenting lengthy lists. Other useful websites have been included at the end to help you investigate further.

It is important to note that Apps are only byte-size portions of software compared to those you may use on a computer or laptop. It is unlikely that you will find everything you need in just one. However, a small collection that you can work between may provide a convenient and adequate mobile working environment.

Please note that although updating the operating system on older devices will introduce some new features, the functionality of some Apps may be affected by the age and speed of your device...."

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Essential Books for Kids and Teens | Common Sense Media

Essential Books for Kids and Teens | Common Sense Media | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The absolute best kids' books, chapter books, and teen reads to help you raise a lifelong reader.
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Essential lists of reading materials for students of all ages.

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From screen to page: Using pop-culture to encourage reading - Innovate My School

From screen to page: Using pop-culture to encourage reading - Innovate My School | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A recent report on the reading habit of the nation’s children has revealed that British kids aren’t adequately challenging themselves with books. While some might see children’s affinity for movies and videogames has a distraction from reading, James Bell of Renaissance Learning is convinced that teachers, librarians and parents can use this passion to get kids onto the page.

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Yes to finding ways to encourage reading and tying it into movies and or culture.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 14, 8:35 AM

Some nice ideas on encouraging reading for pleasure. 

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The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor

Get The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor for Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Science, Animals, Math, Music, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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This looks like fun and educational for pre-primary students.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 30, 2013 11:46 AM

So glad to share this new app to help kids learn to read by a local NH teacher, Libby Curran

 

"Books kids LOVE to read.
Children are naturally curious, so encourage them to explore our leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science that will give them the foundational knowledge they need to succeed later in school. In between reading stories they can play the train quiz game, explore the FREE audio dictionary and listen to song books.

Give your kids the tools to succeed.
Stuck on a word? With tap to listen functionality, an audio dictionary filled with hundreds of words, and a fun game at the end of every book to assess learning, The Reading Train is packed full of tools to help children succeed, all on their own.

Read to learn
Kids read through leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science to build foundational knowledge, while improving reading comprehension and improving skills that prepare students for Common Core standards."

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Building Literacy | Education.com

Building Literacy | Education.com | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Some excellent tips on sharing literacy skills with your young ones whilst you have the chance.  Any other clues for sharing on literacy for preschoolers? 

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