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Malorie Blackman: Why are libraries mandatory in prisons but not schools? - Telegraph

Malorie Blackman: Why are libraries mandatory in prisons but not schools? - Telegraph | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Malorie Blackman, the children's laureate, questions why libraries are mandatory in prisons but not schools, claiming services for young readers are “disappearing”

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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 19, 11:27 AM

Libraries are mandatory in prisons, but not in schools

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Liisa Niinikangas kyseli tätä Suomessa jo vuonna 1998...

Anita Vance's curator insight, March 22, 12:40 PM

An eye-opening comparison, is it though provoking enough to yield a reverse of this sad trend?

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Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel'

Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel' | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.

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Excellent news! :-)

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, December 30, 2013 5:48 AM

Knew it! If only I had time to read when I need my non-holiday brain...

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:04 AM

Note to self...need to read more :) 

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading
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Great tips for enhancing the reading culture in schools!!

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Children’s on-screen reading overtakes reading in print | National Literacy Trust

Research finds those who read daily only on-screen are much less likely to be above average readers than those who read in print.
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"We are concerned by our finding that children who only read on-screen are significantly less likely to enjoy reading and less likely to be strong readers. Good reading skills and reading for pleasure are closely linked to children’s success at school and beyond. We need to encourage children to become avid readers, whatever format they choose."

 

Interesting findings in this study. It has been recorded that boys reading skills reach the level of girls if reading is in e-format or internet but these studies has not taken a look at the enjoyment of reading when in e-format. This study is worth looking into...

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.
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sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:07 PM

Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

Carol Rine's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

This is a GREAT article that has lots of embedded cross-linked articles within it.  :O)

 

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The importance of instilling a need to read - Telegraph

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Teens who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life, research shows. But getting them to do so isn’t easy, says Jonathan Douglas.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 5, 2013 11:20 AM

School Libraries and librarians have a significant roll to play. Many of us realise the importance to stocking non-curriculum based stock as we want students in our libraries. 

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Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Take 5: Resources for Working with Reluctant Readers

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 22, 2013 3:00 AM

Geat resource. Thanks for sharing.

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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 | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
reading, neuroscience, literature, psychology, cognitive science, engineering, iPad, Kindle, e-reader, tablet, user interface, fiction, nonfiction, journalism
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An interesting article about how the devices change our reading.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:52 AM

As we head more and more toward all-digital, we need to ask ourselves what difference it makes in learning.

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Computer screens motivate boys to read | National Literacy Trust

A study has revealed that girls read printed books better than boys, but boys' comprehension skills are the same as girls' when digesting hypertexts.
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A very interesting research from my hometown university! 

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 14, 2013 4:13 AM

It doesn't really surprise me that boys read more when reading from computer screens. It's nice that it his report shows that they can be encouraged to read from screens and do better than girls in some instances. 

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Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (With a Qualifier)

Digital reading is rising fast among children ages 6 to 17, but this is not necessarily translating into a greater desire to read, a new Scholastic report says.
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Interesting results in the study, for example how e-readers are effecting the willingness to read for boys.

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Is a second grade student’s silent reading comprehension affected by the use of electronic texts?

"The results of this study demonstrated no significant statistical difference between the comprehension of students using the iPad and those reading from a printed text. However, surveys and observations demonstrated an increase in engagement when using the electronic reader in the classroom."
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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's comment, November 26, 2012 1:49 AM
Thanks, Anu!
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Redefining reading and the role of the teacher-librarian

Redefining reading and the role of the teacher-librarian | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

"As a teacher-librarian I set out in this paper to discover what progress, if any, has been made in implementing strategies for teaching reading online. What I discovered is the complexity of interpreting online text is much greater than I anticipated. Ranjana Das (2011) explains that the very nature of online text has blurred the previously predictable line between authors, readers, users and producers (p. 346). Being an online student myself, I am often reading while authoring, using while curating my library. The complexity of reading online has implications for all of us in the education system."

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Speed Dating with Books! | The Daring Librarian

Speed Dating with Books! | The Daring Librarian | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it

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Great tips, loved the book blind date! :-) for Valentines day??

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Another use for literature: ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy

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Theory of mind' researchers find that reading serious fiction boosts one's ability to understand others, a precursor of empathy.

 

One thing that interests psychologists is the extent to which developing theory of mind is a precursor to the capacity for empathy. They are also looking at the way in which people with autism and sociopaths develop these abilities — or don't. And primatologists have demonstrated some of the rudiments of theory of mind in other apes.

Now, research by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of the New School for Social Research, published in the journal Science, suggests that reading literature improves these intuitive abilities. But not just any literature. Literature with a capital "L."




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Reading enhances empathy skills in children...

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Carol Rine's curator insight, January 3, 11:23 AM

This is the 2nd article I have read this past week about literature and its positive effects on the brain. Frank McCourt once said, "This is English. Queen of the Curriculum." I wholeheartedly agree. This article purports, "...may be the equivalent of aerobic exercise for the parts of your brain most involved in the theory-of-mind skills."

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Tablets Make It Nearly Impossible for Kids to Get Lost in a Story

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iPads are great at a lot of things, but engaging kids in a narrative is not one of them.
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Time is now showing us how the reading in e-format is changing our reading an reading habits. Some unsettling news in this article, but worth giving the time to read this and give it some tought.

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The boys got better results in the digital rather than the analog exams

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Scientists in Sweden have reacted to the country's slide in global education ranking Pisa, pointing out that Swedish boys are now under-performing not only thei

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Dafnord 's curator insight, December 7, 2013 12:14 PM

The latest edition of the Pisa test for the first time included digital tests for the maths and reading components. The boys got better results in the digital rather than the analog exams.

"In 2015, the entire test will be digital for those countries that have access to the technology,"

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores
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"Among the many benefits, audiobooks:

reinforce literacy skills.supplement reading instruction to develop a positive attitude towards literature.develop understanding of content area material when decoding or other literacy skills are delayed.model the appropriate use of oral vocabulary, fluent reading, and use of phonics.bring literature from the classroom to home and back on a portable device."

And a great infographic to go with it!

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Reading for pleasure in schools | Reading Agency

Reading for pleasure in schools | Reading Agency | School libraries for information literacy and learning! | Scoop.it
Recently our Director, Miranda McKearney chaired a discussion at Capita's Moving English Forward conference for teachers. Here is an extract from her ...
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"But schools can't do this alone. A drive to inspire children to enjoy reading has to be systemic, reaching across home, school and the community. I believe the time is right for a new era of partnership working - public libraries' community reading support should be factored into schools' reading for pleasure policies, alongside the support of schools library services."

we all have to work on this together! 

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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's comment, April 25, 2013 2:54 PM
I agree - and hope the Joy of Reading Program (Lukuinto-ohjelma) in Finland will make a good effort on developing learning commons for reading!
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Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:44 AM
Nice!
Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:57 PM

Get involoved in the 15 minute movement.

1stGradeELL's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:21 PM

A great infographic detailing the reasons we read aloud even to our more proficient young readers.

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Anne Harding Training: Boys’ reading

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Interesting viewpoints to boys' reading!

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Special attention is needed for the boys to take on leasure time reading and improve reading skills. The gender difference is most significant in Finland so we need extra measures...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:33 PM

Tips to help boys

Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:34 AM

New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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What makes new literacies new?

Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel (2012)

"It is too easy to make light of ‘new literacies’ by saying things like: “Well, there are always newer ones coming along”. Such remarks suggest new literacies have a similar kind of life trajectory to an automobile: new in 2009, semi-new in 2010, and old hat by 2011. Against this kind of “that’s so yesterday” perspective, we suggest in this article that ‘new literacies’ are best understood in terms of an historical period of social, cultural, institutional, economic, and intellectual change that is likely to span many decades – some of which are already behind us."

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Better Beginnings

"Reading helps kids fly

The State Library of Western Australia believes that literacy transforms lives.

Through Better Beginnings, we want every child to have the wonderful and very important experience of sharing books and stories with the adults in their life right from the time they are born.

Better Beginnings supports parents in reading to children so that they build the early literacy skills they need to become good readers and succeed at school."

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Changes in the reading skills of 15-yr olds between 2000-2009

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Graphic on Changes in the reading skills of 15-year-old students between 2000 and 2009, as measured by PISA (OECD)


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