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resources that support kids' reading, writing and communicating.
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Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman

Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Fry's Readability Information

Fry's Readability Information | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Teachers often would like to check the readability of a piece of writing. Edward Fry, formerly of the Rutgers University Reading Center, created one of the most widely used, and easy-to-use...
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, December 27, 2012 10:55 AM

Lots of tools all in one place!

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Does Digital Media Make Us Bad Writers? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Does Digital Media Make Us Bad Writers? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

"According to Lunsford, the writing we produce is not getting worse. Instead, it is simply adapting to the modern world.

 

“It was very clear as we entered the new millennium that writing was undergoing really, really profound changes, probably more so than in the last 2,500 years,” Lunsford says. Writing, she says, is “a plastic art. Writing always changes given the context. It molds itself to the changes.”

 

Young people today approach writing differently, she also thinks. Rather than organizing a piece of writing based on a logical progression, with argument at its base, Lunsford says they are instead organizing their content and material by association. Like a well-crafted essay, one idea leads to another in an associational framework—more akin to organizing a website.

 

Digital tools have also changed student writing by providing the ability to marry text and other media in ways that can often help them provide greater depth and texture to what they are trying to communicate.

 

“Writing isn’t just black marks on white paper. It’s full of sound, images, color,” Lunsford says. “I think that students today have an ability to use a combo of words and images. Words free up the images and the images free up the words so they’re both incredibly important but they are doing different things.”." 


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The Book Chook: The All-singing All-dancing Christmaspalooza Resource Hamper (2)

The Book Chook: The All-singing All-dancing Christmaspalooza Resource Hamper (2) | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | Supporting Children's 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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The Book Chook: Help! My Kid's Just Not Into Reading!

The Book Chook: Help! My Kid's Just Not Into Reading! | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

Some ideas for parents whose kids are yet to be enthusiastic readers. 

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Websites To Download Free Audio Books – Best Of

Websites To Download Free Audio Books – Best Of | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Simply put, audiobooks are recordings of books which are read aloud. But some may think: why would we need audio books if we can read books ourselves?
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My Little Animals - Free narrated animated stories for small humans

Free narrated animated stories for small humans...
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The Book Chook: Let's Vary Kids' Reading and Writing Diet

The Book Chook: Let's Vary Kids' Reading and Writing Diet | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

A varied reading and writing diet is important to enrich kids' lives.  

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Free Word Processing for MAC

Free Word Processing for MAC | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

This is a really simple but powerful program that is free to download for any MAC 10.6 + user. It has a simple intuitive interface that isn't loaded down with any complex features. It just does one job and does it well


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WordWorld | PBS KIDS

WordWorld | PBS KIDS | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
In Word World, words come alive, words save the day, and words become a child's best friend. Welcome to WordWorld, the first preschool series where words are truly the stars of the show!
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Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

A recent storytime at the Watertown (MA) Free Public Library began, as usual, with a song, followed by a “stand up, sit down” exercise to help the kids settle in. Children read from Don and Audrey Wood’s iconic picture book The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. But then came a digital twist.

 

Emily Miranda, Watertown’s supervisor of children’s services, passed out 15 iPads. Parents and children huddled close and opened The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow), an interactive, musical app, which allows children to physically participate in the story. “The characters have these fantastic British accents,” says Miranda. “It’s really fun to watch the kids blowing their houses down. Their snot’s going everywhere and it’s great!”

 

Watertown’s experiment with “digital storytime” is part of a larger, nationwide shift toward using apps in children’s library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process ...


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 8, 2013 8:06 PM

Interesting transition time for children's librarians ...

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Love the height of the iPad on the shelf end in that photo!
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Digital Literacy! 

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The Book Chook: How Do Kids Write a Book Review?

The Book Chook: How Do Kids Write a Book Review? | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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One way for kids to write a book review from an Australian writer/reviewer. 

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The Book Chook: The All-singing All-dancing Christmaspalooza Resource Hamper (3)

The Book Chook: The All-singing All-dancing Christmaspalooza Resource Hamper (3) | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

Lots of tips, tools and Christmas resources. 

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The Book Chook: Let's Use Chants and Rhymes with Kids

The Book Chook: Let's Use Chants and Rhymes with Kids | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

Ideas for using chants and rhymes at home and in the classroom. 

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Creative Mamma » Free Printable: Reading Kit for Kids!

Creative Mamma » Free Printable: Reading Kit for Kids! | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Your source for free downloadable, customizable fun printables! I'm inspired by anything Kawaii as you can see by my kawaii character illustrations.
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Picture Book Plays - Presented by Julia Donaldson

Picture Book Plays - Presented by Julia Donaldson | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Welcome to PictureBookPlays, presented by Julia Donaldson the interactive website designed to help you act out picture-book stories, either as a classroom activity or as a performance to an audience (or both!
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Book Apps For iPad: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide

Book Apps For iPad: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
The Best Apps For Reading On The iPad...

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Create an interactive eBook for the iPad using iBook Author: THE COMPLETE GUIDE

Create an interactive eBook for the iPad using iBook Author: THE COMPLETE GUIDE | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Want to create your own interactive eBook for the iPad? It's actually really simple using the iBooks Author program that Apple provides for free! Writing eBooks has so many awesome business applications and benefits.

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Sue Ward's comment, September 29, 2012 6:25 PM
Let's create a community of writers too. Writers read...
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, September 29, 2012 9:58 PM
Hi Sue, I really like your suggestion! For there to be a community of readers, there necessarily has to be a community of writers. It could be anything from fiction to non-fiction. Would be really great!
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, September 29, 2012 9:58 PM
Hi Sue, I really like your suggestion! For there to be a community of readers, there necessarily has to be a community of writers. It could be anything from fiction to non-fiction. Would be really great!