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Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning (Amy Hutchison) - Academia.edu

As teachers begin exploring the possibilities of using mobile devices such as the iPad intheir classrooms, it will be important to examine how this technology, with its affordances andconstraints, can influence student learning. For literacy instruction, this means investigations onhow such mobile devices can foster successful reading practices. One way the iPad providespotentially useful opportunities for literacy classrooms is through digital, interactive books.However, it is important to consider that digital texts, as compared to printed texts, offerdifferent affordances that create new modes of reading and writing (Lankshear & Knoel, 2003;Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004; Leu, 2006). Accordingly, digital texts can requiredifferent skills, strategies and dispositions, collectively referred to as new literacies (Coiro,Lankshear, Knobel, & Leu, 2008), to read and navigate them.

 

This is an in-press paper. Do not cite without permission of the author.

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‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5

‘Speak Selection’ – Convenient Text-to-Speech Built Into iOS5 | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton writes about Speak Selection, a new feature in iOS5 that offers a TTS tool that can be used by learners who struggle with text.  He also includes how to use the Define within Speak Selection.

 

"This will read aloud any selected text — in a web article, a text editor, an email, in Twitter, in text messages, or just about anywhere. It isn’t perfect. For example, Speak Selection won’t read in Facebook.

 

It is worth noting that Define is another helpful feature that is new in iOS5. This is available whether Speak Selection is turned on or not. Both features, however, are made available in exactly the same way. When a single word is selected, you are offered a Define button. When Speak Selection is turned on, ‘Define’ is offered at the same time as ‘Speak’"


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E-Readers spark reading interest at Lakeview High

E-Readers spark reading interest at Lakeview High | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

E-readers are being used to engage reluctant high-school readers, as part of an initiative developed by two language arts teachers in Nebraska. Kim Zach and Melanie Gustafson developed a system in which a significant portion of class time is spent on reading using the e-readers, which allow access to multiple copies of popular titles. "We wanted students to like to read," Zach said.

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Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps

Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
One teacher learned the hard way that just bringing iPads into the classroom won't truly change things—you also have to redefine your practice.
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The Book is not dead, it’s just changing context (again)

The Book is not dead, it’s just changing context (again) | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The Book is not dead, it’s just changing context. For The Book to be dead, we would have to no longer care about stories or understanding complex ideas that take more than 140 characters to convey. Books are more alive more than ever before.
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Experts debate merits of kids spending too much time on tablet computers:

Experts debate merits of kids spending too much time on tablet computers: | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Electronic tablets like the iPad are becoming part of childhood, but should be watched carefully so that overuse doesn't lead to learning or behavioral problems, experts say. (RT @NYDNlifestyle: Are iPads and other tablets bad for children?
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Children's Literacy Goes High Tech - Better World Books Blog ...

Children's Literacy Goes High Tech - Better World Books Blog ... | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Devices such as the NOOK, the Kindle, the iPad, and the Fable are leading us to a new frontier of literacy — whether we like it or not. As a nonprofit dedicated to fostering ...
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Annotexting | Langwitches Blog

Annotexting | Langwitches Blog | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The following is a collaborative guest post by Michael Fisher and Jeanne Tribuzzi , of the Curriculum 21 Faculty:

 

"Expecting students to read deeply and draw meaningful conclusions is at the heart of the Common Core ELA standards. Students are asked to read closely, cite evidence, and make evidence based inferences when they read. They are expected to deepen their learning by valuing textual evidence and reading critically. Annotating text is one way students can cite textual evidence, infer and deepen meaning as they read.."


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Newark schools looking to give students laptops or iPads

Newark schools looking to give students laptops or iPads | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
NEWARK -- Newark City Schools leadership can envision a time -- maybe just a few years away -- when every high school student is carrying a laptop or tablet in lieu of textbooks.
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Bringing Up a Young Reader on E-Books

Bringing Up a Young Reader on E-Books | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

But is it better than a book? It may take a generation to ever know for sure, and even 10 or 20 years from now it will be debated as the effects of television or video games are still discussed today.

 

Julianna’s teacher, Kourtney Denning, sees e-books as essential. “Old books don’t really cut it anymore,” she said. “We have to transform our learning as we know it.”

Amid the excitement and enthusiasm, some people are suggesting a closer look, especially for younger children learning to read. “Right now, the state-of-the-art, in terms of research-based practice is: read traditional books with your child,” said Julia Parish-Morris, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied e-books and how children interact with them. “We don’t have any evidence that any kind of electronic device is better than a parent.”


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Valley school district makes a digital leap in technology

Valley school district makes a digital leap in technology | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Most students stay as far from school as possible during Spring Break. So when McAllen Memorial High School Principal Rosie Larsonsaw a group of them huddled against the school building, tented in blankets against the unseasonable cold, she did a double take.With a sense of triumph, Larson realized they were seeking Wi-Fi for their new school-provided iPads. The tablets, distributed across grade levels to students and teachers, give access to technology that does not exist for most homes in a district with a 67-percent poverty rate.

 

“At the end of the day, we can't get them out of the building,” she said. “It's amazing, and as an adult it's really been transforming for me, to see that happening.”

 

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Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer

Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

John Mavrothalassitis used to communicate using pictures and one or two words. But over the past 18 months, the seven-year-old, who has autism, has started speaking in sentences with the help of an iPad application.


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iPads for Learning Getting Started

iPads for Learning Getting Started - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), text file (.txt) or read online for free.
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Two Reflective Teachers: Book Creator and Resistant Writers

Two Reflective Teachers: Book Creator and Resistant Writers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A special education teacher reflects on Book Creator and how it motivates students who are resistant writers.  Here is her story:

 

"As a Special Education teacher of upper elementary grades, I have several students who are resistant writers. This app has amazing potential to motivate them to write more since the finished product is beautiful, accessible, intuitive, and reflective of their efforts.

 

I have been using this app with one of my students with intellectual disabilities and what an incredible tool! We took pictures of this student making various emotional faces and then helped her draft a repetition book. She loved being able to record herself reading the pages and willingly practiced and practiced her Frye words and her fluency, without even realizing that she was doing it. She is also happily practicing pronunciation and sentence structure, skills that she would sometimes prefer to ignore!"

 

 


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At One School, iPods Help Improve Reading Scores -- THE Journal

After noticing an uptick in ELL and other students with below average reading scores at his school, Skip Johnson, principal at El Crystal Elementary in San Bruno, CA, created a forward-thinking reading program pairing iPods and print books that has...
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Top 10 Resources about iPad Pilot Programs Shared by Educators ...

Top 10 Resources about iPad Pilot Programs Shared by Educators ... | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Top 10 Resources about iPad Pilot Programs Shared by Educators(K12)

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7 Reasons to Learn Apple iBooks Author Now -- THE Journal

Do you remember where you were Jan. 19, 2012? You might want to go back and check your calendar and add a star. It was a big day for those of us deploying mobile devices in our classrooms and school sites. On Jan. 19, Apple announced partnerships with most of the textbook industry, making digital textbooks available on iPads through the iBookstore. While digital textbooks made the news, what really piqued our attention was the second part of the announcement--the release of iBooks Author, a free piece of software that would allow anyone with an Apple computer running OSX Lion (10.7) to easily create and publish digital, interactive books.
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iPad Apps and Bloom's Taxonomy | Langwitches Blog

iPad Apps and Bloom's Taxonomy | Langwitches Blog | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
I felt it was worthwhile to update the Top Post (over 25000 views) on Langwitches: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads I have added links to each app represented on the visual. Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned ...
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Cheap as Chips Literacy Apps | The Fiction Engine

Cheap as Chips Literacy Apps | The Fiction Engine | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Battling the forces of BORING education with video games and apps! logo. Home · Age Categories · Grownouts · Halfthings · Lankies ... Cheap as Chips Literacy Apps · Cheap as Chips Literacy Apps. Have iPad?
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Free App Teaches Reading Skills While Entertaining | Our Love ...

Free App Teaches Reading Skills While Entertaining | Our Love ... | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The app now features a bookshelf with eight new books and is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Android devices. Bookster is a read-along storytelling app that not only reads to ...
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Best 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage

Best 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Why Buy an Ipad 2 if I have Dyslexia?

#1. Great Text-to-Speech: We found the Triple-Click Voiceover function the easiest to use. It allows you to switch text-to-speech on and off, and you can use it for IBooks, email, websites, and magazine apps like Flipboard. You cannot use it for Kindle, Stanza, or other ebooks...


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Revolutionising Education: iPad in South African Schools

An overview of how iPads are being used to enhance learning, encourage engagement and motivate South African learners. (YouTube video)

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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

I started teaching 15 years ago and that is when I first came across this concept of a ‘portfolio.’ A portfolio is a storehouse for projects, writing pieces, art, and performances. It can be used by students, teachers, and parents to document what they’re doing (either day-to-day things or through their best work or improvements they’ve made). I see portfolios as a way to hold onto and think about what you’re doing.

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In Neb. School, Tablets Spark Interest in Reading

In Neb. School, Tablets Spark Interest in Reading | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Two language arts teachers from Nebraska are using a pilot program and Amazon Kindles to change students' attitudes toward reading.
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Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad

Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal, Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School, who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.


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