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An Interview with LeVar Burton

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Actor and long-time Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton has for decades been an advocate for children’s literacy—and the power of the media to support literacy development. In a recent interview with...
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Brain Food: McDonald's to Push Kids' Books in Happy Meals

Brain Food: McDonald's to Push Kids' Books in Happy Meals | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
mcdonald's in november will offer original books with happy meals that focus on nutrition.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Certainly an admirable move on both nutritional and literacy-building fronts, but can't say it feels genuine to the McDonald's brand, at least not yet.  We'll see how kids go for healthier Happy Meals, and books to reinforce the message through story....

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A new initiative recruits young adults to create ways to promote adolescent literacy: Change Observer: Design Observer

A new initiative recruits young adults to create ways to promote adolescent literacy: Change Observer: Design Observer | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
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The Global Literacy Project: Combining research and app developers

The Global Literacy Project: Combining research and app developers | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

Wow - The Global Literacy Project is a pretty perfect example of an initiative that is bridging the gap between research and industry. Its mission combines multi-disciplinary research into whether children can learn to read on their own with fundamental educational technologies brought to places with few or no other learning resources.

Karen B Wehner's insight:

Stunning: ''expert estimates that a 21% drop in the world’s illiteracy (by 170 million from nearly 800 million) could erase 12% of the world’s poverty.''

Read more: http://kidscreen.com/2014/05/08/the-global-literacy-project-combining-research-and-app-developers/#ixzz31DWAAoGk

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A fourth “r” for 21st century literacy

A fourth “r” for 21st century literacy | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The 3 R’s of “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic” were deemed essentials of mandatory public schooling in the 19th century Industrial Age where mass printing and machine-made paper and ink made books available to just about everyone for the first...
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The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity

The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

My sister the retired schoolteacher came to e-books only late in life, but you’d never know it from her enthusiasm for her iPad as a reading tool. Dorothy can blow up the type, for example. She actually reads faster than before. In fact, she hopes to use e-books to help spur her grandchildren to read.

 

How can Dorothy best succeed at this? And what about parents and grandparents in low-income households without paper books and without her educational background; could similar technology work for them?

 

Imagine the benefits if Alice for the iPad and other good e-reading programs not only are accessible to the disadvantaged but also are used properly, so that toddlers and other younger children absorb words and ideas, not just get caught up in electronic bells and whistles ...


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