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John Evans

Critical Literacy, featuring Dean Shareski on Vimeo - 0 views

    "Mythbusting and the Nigerian Prince? From the moment you received your first email scam, the world became a different place. When it comes to truth and lies, digital means we have to be full-time critics and skeptics. Let's explore some practical ways you can teach your students to be harsh critics and mindful producers which empower them to navigate better and interact safely with digital content."
Keri-Lee Beasley

Speech-to-Text in a Fifth-Grade Classroom * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity - 3 views

    Using speech-to-text takes time to practice. Great article explaining the impact it had on one young learner.
Nigel Coutts

Visual Literacy - Metalanguage & Learning - 3 views

    An increasingly significant aspect of literacy is an awareness of the visual elements that fall beyond the traditional components of written text. Termed 'Visual Literacy' this is the ability to read and create communications that use visual elements. It combines the skills of traditional literacy with knowledge of design, art, graphic arts, media and human perception. It takes literacy further beyond a decoding of text to a decoding of the complete package around the communication.
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Ways Visual Literacy is Being Taught in Classrooms to E... - 0 views

    "Visual content is a powerful tool. As children, we learn to recognize visual cues before we learn to speak or write. We're wired to rely on these cues to understand the world and to use visual content to communicate our thoughts and feelings.

    Teachers can integrate graphic design into their classrooms to facilitate instruction and to prepare students for success. Here are four ways teachers are using visual content already. Try them and discover how visual content can positively impact teaching and learning. "
Keri-Lee Beasley

11 Quotes that Inspire Writers Workshop Lessons and Activities - 6 views

    Some rich writing lessons here. Engaging.
Keri-Lee Beasley

BeeLine Reader: BeeLine Reader adds a color gradient to text to help you read faster an... - 1 views

    Great for people with dyslexia, this tool adds gradient to words/lines of text to help with the issue of accidentally skipping a line.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Using Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading - Scientific American - 1 views

  • Unfortunately, the system of reading we inherited from the ancient scribes —the method of reading you are most likely using right now — has been fundamentally shaped by engineering constraints that were relevant in centuries past, but no longer appropriate in our information age.
  • search for innovative engineering solutions aimed at making reading more efficient and effective for more people
  • But then, by chance, I discovered that when I used the small screen of a smartphone to read my scientific papers required for work, I was able to read with much greater facility and ease.
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  • hen, in a comprehensive study of over 100 high school students with dyslexia done in 2013, using techniques that included eye tracking, we were able to confirm that the shortened line formats produced a benefit for many who otherwise struggled with reading.
  • For example, Marco Zorzi and his colleagues in Italy and France showed in 2012 that when letter spacing is increased to reduce crowding, children with dyslexia read more effectively.
  • A clever web application called Beeline Reader, developed by Nick Lum, a lawyer from San Francisco, may accomplish something similar using colors to guide the reader’s attention forward along the line.  Beeline does this by washing each line of text in a color gradient, to create text that looks a bit like a tie-dyed tee-shirt.
  • one aims to increase the throughput of the brain’s reading buffers by changing their capacity for information processing, while the other seeks to activate alternate channels for reading that will allow information to be processed in parallel, and thereby increase the capacity of the language processing able to be performed during reading. 
  • The brain is said to be plastic, meaning that it is possible to change its abilities.
  • people can be taught to roughly double their reading speed, without compromising comprehension.
  • Consider that we process language, first and foremost, through speech. And yet, in the traditional design of reading we are forced to read using our eyes. Even though the brain already includes a fully developed auditory pathway for language, the traditional design for reading makes little use of the auditory processing capabilities of the brain
  • While the visual pathways are being strained to capacity by reading, the auditory network for language remains relatively under-utilized.
  • Importantly, our early indications suggest that the least effective method of reading may be the one society has been clinging to for centuries: reading on paper.
    "Importantly, our early indications suggest that the least effective method of reading may be the one society has been clinging to for centuries: reading on paper."
Keri-Lee Beasley

Viewing Art to Start Students Reading | 4 O'Clock Faculty - 1 views

  • Replacing written text with artwork, photographs, or illustrations offers a number of advantages, especially early in the school year.  Visual imagery is very accessible and a lot less intimidating to a wide range of learners including non-readers, struggling readers, and English language learners. This enables these students a greater chance to practice some of the forms of complex thinking that they will need as the year progresses such as using text evidence, identifying theme, and making connections.
  • Another advantage the visual imagery has over written text is that it is very fast to decode.
  • Artworks can and should be treated just as a written text. By doing so, students can get their academic thinking started early, laying a foundation for them to build on throughout their school year.
    Interesting blog post advocating for the use of analysing images in support of literacy skills.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning | Edutopia - 4 views

    Mobile tech helps us reconnect with traditional ways of learning:
    Oral storytelling
    Visual literacy
    Gestures, dance & the body
John Evans

10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers - Daily Genius - 4 views

    "Several summers ago, I wrote 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers in response to a request from a Summer Workshop participant. Over the past few weeks, this post has been re-circulated on Social Media, so I decided that it needed an update.

    My original post was inspired by Suzy Brooks' use of her SMART Board as a learning center. For this update, I would like to credit the fantastic work of Kristen Wideen and Meghan Zigmond. While many of the concepts from the original post are certainly still applicable, here are 10 new ideas for creating learning centers."
John Evans

6 Hands-On Tools and Activities for Teaching Web Literacy - Emerging Education Technolo... - 3 views

    "One of the most important skills of the 21st century - web literacy - is often overlooked in the classroom. The ability to read, write and participate online is an indispensable skill for learners, but it's curiously absent from many educators' curricula.

    At Mozilla, we believe web literacy should be a cornerstone of education. When students can create their own content on the Web, tinker with HTML, and understand the basics of online privacy, they're empowered to do great things. We also believe web literacy is best taught through hands-on, interactive learning.

    We've just wrapped up Maker Party, Mozilla's annual celebration of teaching and learning the Web through hands-on activities. But Maker Parties can be held anywhere, anytime. And our resources for teaching web literacy are free and open source, always. To kickstart web literacy learning in your classroom - or outside of it - here are six tools and activities from Maker Party for teaching critical 21st-century skills:"
John Evans

How to get teenagers to read - 1 views

    "Children are heartily encouraged to read in their early years of school. However, once students have mastered this skill and they move from learning to read, to reading to learn, the role of pleasure in the activity can be forgotten.

    If reading is just seen as a tool for learning, the will to read may not be fostered in young people. Recreational book reading involves voluntary reading for pleasure, and research suggests that students in Australia and internationally are reading less over time."
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