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The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading | Reading | Scoop.it
The deep reading of books and the information-driven reading we do on the web are very different, both in the experience they produce and in the capacities they develop. Recent research has demonstrated that deep reading—slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity—is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words.
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Neil Gaiman on the Writers Who Influenced and Inspired Him

Neil Gaiman on the Writers Who Influenced and Inspired Him | Reading | Scoop.it
Neil Gaiman is a hugely important figure for comic-book fans in their 20s and 30s. For many of us, he represented a shift from the traditional superheroes we had been raised on -- the caped crusade...
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50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person | Reading | Scoop.it
It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right. Here’s one that’s always on everyone’s mind, beginning of the year or no: how to be a better person. Well, since science keeps proving th...
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Who is the greatest American novelist? 2: Vladimir Nabokov v Kurt Vonnegut

Who is the greatest American novelist? 2: Vladimir Nabokov v Kurt Vonnegut | Reading | Scoop.it
You nominated the contenders – now reader Matthew Spencer pits Nabokov's Pale Fire against Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions • Refresh yourself on the first half of the opening round • Check out the final 32 novelists in the tournament (Who is the...
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Harry Potter's new image revealed

Harry Potter's new image revealed | Reading | Scoop.it
New, fully-illustrated edition of JK Rowling's novels will see artist Jim Kay reimagining the entire Potter universe
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23 Amazing Classic Books That Are So Short You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them

23 Amazing Classic Books That Are So Short You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them | Reading | Scoop.it
As Books Editors, we set aside more designated reading time than most people do. Still, even we are daunted by copies of The Goldfinch looming on our desks. (Great concept, let's get to it!
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Castle Editorial: 4 Contemporary Young-Adult Novels That Give YA Lit a Good Name

Castle Editorial: 4 Contemporary Young-Adult Novels That Give YA Lit a Good Name | Reading | Scoop.it
4 Novels That Give YA Lit a Good Name #books http://t.co/dOzBkNLSRi
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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 | Reading | 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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Marketing Books to Boys

Marketing Books to Boys | Reading | Scoop.it
"One of the members of a children’s literature listserv send a query to the group. She explained that she was writing historical fiction and that the setting of her book was the South during the Great Depression. One of her characters was a teenage boy who was poor, athletic and used reading as his escape. ' What kinds of books would that kind of a boy read?' she asked the group."
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Why Reading Is Dangerous. - Edudemic

Why Reading Is Dangerous. - Edudemic | Reading | Scoop.it
Your students might appreciate the bit about how reading is dangerous in many ways, but we think the story coaster below is an excellent visualization of the different parts of a plot and storytelling.
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Judge says Google is allowed to scan all the books on earth, upload them online

Judge says Google is allowed to scan all the books on earth, upload them online | Reading | Scoop.it
“ Book publishers have been trying to sue Google Books out of existence for years, but a judge has decided it can stay.”
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New THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac – Stephen's Lighthouse

New THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac – Stephen's Lighthouse | Reading | Scoop.it
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Pullman: 'every school should have a good library' | The Bookseller

Pullman: 'every school should have a good library' | The Bookseller | Reading | Scoop.it
“ Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk. The latest press reports about the publishing sector and updates from the City”
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Book Lists | Diversity in YA

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Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to be revived under new author

Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to be revived under new author | Reading | Scoop.it
The late author Stieg Larsson is to have his best-selling trilogy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo revived under a new writer, it has been confirmed.
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Reading in the future: interactive fiction and chatbots | cette femme-la.net

Reading in the future: interactive fiction and chatbots | cette femme-la.net | Reading | Scoop.it

I’ve recently been reading the work of interactive fiction writer Emily Short and discovered her story Galatea. I was happy to find that the story was powered by a chatbot engine and I wondered if this was a whole genre within interactive fiction. To my initial surprise, I discovered that there seem to be very few stories that rely on the use of chatbot technology. But once I thought about it, I decided that given the volatility of a lot of chatbot responses, it isn’t surprising that they haven’t been more widely used in interactive storytelling.

 

Before Siri, chatbots weren’t widely known. And Apple don’t call Siri a chatbot, so the term might still be unfamiliar. But Siri does what chatbots do. She understands questions and remarks put to her on a pre-defined range of topics and can respond with appropriate information. When she’s asked something outside what she’s been programmed to know about, she can give an intelligent response though it’s also generally going to be one that doesn’t answer the question.

 

Siri is a tightly controlled chatbot. Apple don’t want her to give unpredictable responses. But there are other chatbots that can speak to a much wider range of subjects. They do this by learning from what people say to them. While this improves their subject knowledge, it can also make them quite random in what they say and how they respond. An example of this type of bot is Cleverbot.

 

While I’ve been in Sydney, I’ve done a lot of work for a company that makes chatbots. And the types I’ve worked on are mostly the tightly controlled ones. It is possible to make these bots have a very large knowledge area but it requires copious amounts of time and effort. And then plenty of ongoing maintenance.

 

The company I’ve been working for has a proprietary platform and I’m not familiar with all the options available for people looking to create their own chatbots. I can understand that the looser types of bots would destroy anything that a creator might be trying to do within an interactive fiction.

 

So I’m unsure what the programming is behind Emily Short’s Galatea. But it’s sophisticated and given that she wrote this interactive fiction back in 2000, I think she was far ahead of her time.

 

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Dawn Hewitson's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:09 AM

How could this impact on EAL in Schools, Could a chatbot be used as an interactive tool for pupils

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Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination

Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination | Reading | Scoop.it
In a speech given to the Youth Libraries Group, The Dark Is Rising author recalls the events that fired her creative instincts as a child, and the importance of books and libraries in building a rich inner life for children (Susan Cooper: libraries...
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9 Movies You Didn't Know Were Based On Shakespeare Stories

9 Movies You Didn't Know Were Based On Shakespeare Stories | Reading | Scoop.it
John Madden's "Shakespeare in Love" was released on Dec. 11, 1998.

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12 December 2013

What is literary reading's value if it is not perceived to be relevant by those whose zones of proximal development we've been entrusted to nourish?

 

There are reasons why Shakespeare is still relevant. And, most English majors/English teachers have, over the trajectories of their lives come to know that Shakespeare is relevant. 

 

But, "relevance" only becomes relevant once the "Ah Ha"ppens. 

<<ASIDE: Okay, I don't know if "Ah Ha"ppens works. But I am stuck with a mind that comes up with stuff like that>>

 

How might these parallel versions of the classics be embraced as resources as we encourage students to "discover" the relevance of Shakespeare? 

 

If we teach Shakespeare (or any author) as if the goal was to deify the author rather than to encourage discovery of relevance then we may be missing the target more often than hitting the bullseye. 

 

There is an indescribable joy when we "discover for ourselves" the significance of the great themes. 

 

And there is great frustration when we "just don't get" what someone else is so excited about. 

 

Whether we acknowledge it when asked or conveyed indirectly via body language, the truth is that many of our students let us know that they are not really as engaged as we'd like to believe they are. The message we may or may not be aware of is...

 

"What's this old story got to do with anything I care about?"

 

or the more receptive...

"What's this old story got to do with anything I should care about?"

 

It's that "opportunity space" between "not caring yet" and "actually caring." 

 

These Hollywood adaptations may be just the bridge between the "why should I care?" and the personal realization that "I really ought to care" moment.

 

I'm convinced that we can not tell others to care, but we can create an opportunity for them to experience the discovery of something worth caring about that had not been cared about before. 

 

It's some sort of choreography, some sort of "designing the sequence of events," that make up a learning experience in which the student is the discoverer of relevance rather than the note taker who either does or doesn't really care about passing the test.

 

So when do we do our end zone dance?

 

When they send the message "I know this one!" or when they send the message "I Get it!"

 

"Ah Ha"ppiness Happens!

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Google Lit Trips is the legal fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, a 501c3 tax-exempt educational nonprofit

 

 

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10 books every gamer should read

10 books every gamer should read | Reading | Scoop.it
“Keith Stuart: From Lord of the Rings to Akira, these are the books that have influenced the world's greatest game designers (10 #books every #gamer should read http://t.co/4kULYoHMR5 via @guardian...”
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How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013 | Reading | Scoop.it
How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?
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How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps

How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps | Reading | Scoop.it
"Today I was asked how I get my boys reading, and while I am not an expert, and some of them still don’t read as much I would love them to, I do have a few ideas. (And yes, many of these apply to the girls as well)."
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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Reading | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.

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and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Reading aided by iPads

Reading aided by iPads | Reading | Scoop.it
Technology is helping to boost the appeal of reading for young boys, and they're smarter because of it.
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Could also proove useful for reluctant readers

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Love your library

How teachers can get the most from their class library visits
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Fantastic guide to promoting reading in a Primary School

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