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Smithsonian Finds E-readers Makes Reading Easier for Those with Dyslexia

Smithsonian Finds E-readers Makes Reading Easier for Those with Dyslexia | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it

"As e-readers grow in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books, researchers at the Smithsonian have found that convenience may not be their only benefit. The team discovered that when e-readers are set up to display only a few words per line, some people with dyslexia can read more easily, quickly and with greater comprehension."


Via Beth Dichter
Heather MacDonald's insight:

I love these kinds of advances.  For those of us who know of people who've struggled with language learning challenges this is a great discovery. Language leaning problems create way too many other personal and social problems for children who then grow to be adults with problems unless they are diagnosed and helped.

Way to go Smithsonian researchers!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:40 AM

I think as time goes on, there will be more discoveries like this!

Sharla Shults's curator insight, October 2, 2013 5:41 PM

The wonders of modern technology never cease!

LS5043-2014's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:34 PM

Important evidence re: usefulness of e-readers to underserved library populations.

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How to (Once and For All) Correct Mistaken Beliefs | MindShift

How to (Once and For All) Correct Mistaken Beliefs | MindShift | Notable News and Insights | Scoop.it

"'Often mistaken, never in doubt." That wry phrase describes us all more than we'd like to admit.' 

The psychological study of misconceptions shows that all of us possess many beliefs that are flawed or flat-out wrong—and also that we cling to these fallacies with remarkable tenacity. Although much of this research concerns misguided notions of how the physical world works, the techniques it has produced can be used to correct any sort of deficient understanding."


Via Beth Dichter
Heather MacDonald's insight:

Fascinating and clear perception busting tips!  Directed at student learning I think this applies to everyday and everyone.  Misguided perceptions can be very destructive.  I know I'm going to try these techniques for sure! ;-)

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 25, 2013 10:20 PM

How do you go about teaching students to correct mistaken beliefs?  Studies show that “students ignored correct textual information when it conflicted with their previously held concepts. On measures of free recall and recognition, the students consistently let their incorrect prior knowledge override incoming correct information.” 

So what are the three ways to help students correct these mistaken beliefs?

* Highligh the mistaken notion

* Issue an advance alert

* Create a confrontation

Additonal information how to implement these are in the post.