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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Scien...

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Scien... | Teaching English to non native speakers | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages (The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Paper vs Screens: Scientific American | @scoopit via @jimlerman...
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If you do a lot of reading, then this is a good article to include in your schedule. There have been over 100 studies about using e-readers versus paper. Some of the results are mentioned here. I wonder if there are studies which investigate the effect of using an e-readers in second language acquisition.

 

Is there a biological limit to what humanity can effectively use in reading devices... in that we are physiologically the same now as we were ten thousand years ago. Can we tailor our devices to fit the characteristics of our brains/minds? Does the hand-eye reading connection neurallogically change when e-reading is the only form of reading to be found? Will a new form of reading appear? Research will undoubtably examine questions such as these, but until we know for sure I will continue to read in both styles; the papered and the programmed.

 

 

 

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Enhancing Student Feedback with Digital Learning Logs | Student Centered Technology

Enhancing Student Feedback with Digital Learning Logs | Student Centered Technology | Teaching English to non native speakers | Scoop.it
Student Centered Technology - A Tech-How-To Site for Elementary Students and Teachers (ready to start #coetail session 2.
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I'm scooping this just to try to distinguish between what this teacher is doing and what we are doing on this site. Student logs appear on another business site, comments are made and noted, and feedback given. So far, apart from citing other sites and not our own thoughts to initiate the log, there doesn't seem much difference between the two outcomes. Is there a meaningful difference, or is this just a proof that one can reach a similar or identical conclusion from different paths?

 

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Why Games Don't Teach by Ruth Clark : Learning Solutions Magazine

Why Games Don't Teach by Ruth Clark : Learning Solutions Magazine | Teaching English to non native speakers | Scoop.it

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Carsten Storgaard's curator insight, February 24, 2013 2:40 AM

"We need a taxonomy of games or game features that link to desired instructional outcomes". Agreed; the hard part is to catalog :-)

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Innovation Village: Throw away your school books and get the Sony “Digital Paper”

Innovation Village: Throw away your school books and get the Sony “Digital Paper” | Teaching English to non native speakers | Scoop.it
Sony wants to replace paper texts & materials with ‘Digital Paper,’ in a bid to increase learning effectiveness -->http://t.co/ZV4VN2YyCW
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There has always been a need to communicate ideas with the hands. It's what people do. We may have started with drawing in the sand to describe where the the game (the food source) happened to be. We still draw in the sand, but for millenia we have used paper and ink. Those two ingredients have been phenomenally useful to explain our ideas. Technology changes as we are able to do more, but sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same. Technology now is able to give us digital paper. Is this new to you? It is to me, I wonder how effective such a device will be. It certainly is worth consideration... especially as this 'paper' can be directed instantly to anyone on the planet. Gosh, and maybe we never needed electronic stone and chisel.

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Supporting Language Acquisition in English Learners: An Interview with Dr. Mandy Stewart | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Supporting Language Acquisition in English Learners: An Interview with Dr. Mandy Stewart | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights | Teaching English to non native speakers | Scoop.it
Supporting Language Acquisition in English Learners: An Interview with Dr. Mandy Stewart | Public School Insights http://t.co/IShYWDVvqS
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This is an article that highlights some problems with a school system that is not keeping up with the students' need to be educated in a way relevant to the 21st century. Mono-lingual citizens and immigrants both need to have bilingual skills; skills that should put them together for bilingual learning, but are essentially not being supported. It poses the question 'what do we want  our schools and students to be?' and then intelligently addresses that question

 

The environment the interview illustrates is one of teaching to outdated means and methods. The school here should widen the range of what the students can use for learning. They naturally use Facebook (and other electronic media) in their day to day lives... so, these means should be incorporated into their 'at school' life as well.

 

This article is a classic 'take a step back and look at the bigger picture' work. I found it eloquent in defining some notions that were hazy beforehand.

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