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Carla Arena

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - 0 views

  • hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.)
  • They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.
  • “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins
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  • We are not only what we read
  • We are how we read
  • Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace
  • Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged.
    • Carla Arena
       
      So, how can we still use "power browsing" and teach our students to interpret, analyze, think.
  • The human brain is almost infinitely malleable. People used to think that our mental meshwork, the dense connections formed among the 100 billion or so neurons inside our skulls, was largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. But brain researchers have discovered that that’s not the case
    • Carla Arena
       
      That's what a student of mine, who is a neurologist, calls neuroplasticity.
  • Still, their easy assumption that we’d all “be better off” if our brains were supplemented, or even replaced, by an artificial intelligence is unsettling. It suggests a belief that intelligence is the output of a mechanical process, a series of discrete steps that can be isolated, measured, and optimized. In Google’s world, the world we enter when we go online, there’s little place for the fuzziness of contemplation. Ambiguity is not an opening for insight but a bug to be fixed. The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive.
    • Carla Arena
       
      Scary...
  • It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction.
    • Carla Arena
       
      more hyperlinking, more possibilites for ads, more commercial value to others...
  • The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author’s words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds. In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation, for that matter, we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas. Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking.
    • Carla Arena
       
      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
    • Carla Arena
       
      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
    • Carla Arena
       
      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
  • If we lose those quiet spaces, or fill them up with “content,” we will sacrifice something important not only in our selves but in our culture.
  • I come from a tradition of Western culture, in which the ideal (my ideal) was the complex, dense and “cathedral-like” structure of the highly educated and articulate personality—a man or woman who carried inside themselves a personally constructed and unique version of the entire heritage of the West. [But now] I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self—evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the “instantly available.”
  • As we are drained of our “inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance,” Foreman concluded, we risk turning into “‘pancake people’—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.”
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    I bought the Atlantic just because of this article and just loved it. It has an interesting analysis of what is happening to our reading, questions what might be happening to our brains, and it inquires on the future of our relationship with technology. Are we just going to become "pancake people"? Would love to hear what you think.
Paul Beaufait

Listen & Read Grade 1: Animals & Food | Scholastic.com - 0 views

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    "short, high-interest, nonfiction stories from Scholastic News boost early reading skills and support differentiated reading and ELL students" (2008.09.08)
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    Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for pointing out this site: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/09/07/listen-read/ (2008.09.07)
Paul Beaufait

News in Levels: How to Use - For Teachers - 7 views

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    This page offer tips on using leveled news and other stories, such as: - having students take turns reading (aloud to one another) and translating (interpreting) the whole text (aloud to one another), sentence by sentence (reading, item 2, 2013.06.04); and - playing the media over and over during a subsequent lesson, until every student understands (reading, item 6, 2013.06.04). It doesn't explain the leveling system.
John Evans

How To Evaluate A Web Site Trustworthiness and Credibility - Robin Good's Latest News - 0 views

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    Principles for Evaluating WebsitesBy Stephen Downes How do you know whether something you read on the web is true? You can't know, at least, not for sure. This makes it important to read carefully and to evaluate what you read. This guide will tell you how.
Holly Dilatush

How should we use the tagging system to b... | Diigo - 0 views

    • Joao Alves
       
      It's very to do if you use the Diigo toolbar. Just selelct the text you want to highlight and then click on the arrow beside the "Comment" button on the Diigo toolbar. There choose "Add a floating sticky note to this page." Then you'll get a pop-up window where you can choose to make your note private (only you can see it) or public or share it with a specific group. I am sharing this sticky note with the Learningwithcomputers group.
    • jennifer verschoor
       
      Thanks for sharing this!!! This is wonderful and we can continue discussing tags, categories or lists with the floating sticky notes. Jennifer
    • Carla Arena
       
      Isn't it nice, Jen, this feature? Can you envision pedagogical uses of it in the classroom?
    • Sasa Sirk
       
      These sticky notes are cool. :-) Thanks for sharing this.
    • Joao Alves
       
      Yes, these floating sticky notes are really cool. Maybe we could encourage students to use them to make comments on texts they read on the Net. Who knows they would enjoy this way of reading and writing. Well, it's just a thought, maybe a too optimistic one.
    • Carla Arena
       
      We are all optimistic, aren't we, João? Maybe if we started not expecting that the students would write the sticky notes, but, at least, read ours, they could be encouraged to go further. For example, we could have them read a text and use the sticky notes for comprehension, reflection. What do you think?
    • Joao Alves
       
      Hi Carla, I like your idea of letting students read our sticky notes first. That would certainly be a good start. We wouldn't ask them to do anything in the beginning except looking at and reading our sticky notes. Maybe they (at least some of them) might also want to try using the sticky notes the same way. And we teachers mustn't show a too great enthusiasm for it, just behave the normal way or even show a kind of uninterested interest. :-) That's a lesson I learned. :-)
    • Carla Arena
       
      Exactly, Joao. That's the way I tend to do it, casually! I guess that if we just give the students a link with our annotation, like asking questions, then some of them would be. at least, curious to learn how we did that!
    • Joao Alves
       
      Exactly. Let's try that. It seems we are excellent educators. :-)
  • tag things with as many keywords as possible
  • tag things so they are easier for others to find
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  • choose any or all of the recommended tags for your bookmarks.
  • you could simply use quotation marks for "lesson plan"
  • there are no better tags than others.
  • we should agree on a special tag for the group like "LWC" that we would always add to every bookmark we tagged.
  • Organizing tags in topics or bundles
  • CamelCase is my favorite for MultiWordTags
  • plural forms for countable nouns.
  • Take, for instance, collaborat, a tag I tend to favor in de.licio.us to capture the essence of collaborate, collaboration, collaborative, and collaborators
  • awareness-raising,
  • are means of raising awareness
  • wondering if there're any shortcut suggestions to 'attacking' the project of revisiting and tagging them?
  • I've been tagging many things both ESOL and ESL (because I don't know if diigo would automatically search for both. Is there a way to find out ?
  • we're moving from just collecting resources to a more engaged collective way of making the best out of the resources we share with the group.
  • the power of folksonomies is exactly having everybody tagging as much as possible, with as much key-words as you can think of. We won't ever be able to create a true "system"
  • agging for personal use x tagging for public good
  • Tagging will always be ambiguous because our very personal ways of classifying things and making them useful for us. Even so, with folksonomies, we're able to see the latest trends in a determined group or about a certain topic, we can go to places never imagined before.
  • http://k12learning20.wikispaces.com/.
  • e-learning
  • e-teaching, e-learning, networking, workshop, web
  • "prof. development"
  • difference between tags and categories
  • web2.0, wiki, professional_development, technology, edtech
  • e-learninge-learninge-teachingedtechnetworkingprof. developmentprofessional_developmenttechnologyweb2.0web2.0wikiworkshop
  • ProDev
  • web2.0, wikis, education, learning, teaching, ProDev, k-12
  • networking
  • I tend to use underscores and plurals, as well as one word tags, like professionaldevelopment, though I agree with Paul that ProfDev would make sense
  • I need to be more consistent.
  • The] "Lists" [function] provides another great way to organize bookmarks, a way that is complementary to tagging
    • Ilse Mönch
       
      Hi, yes I agree "Lists" are a great way to organize bookmarks. I already made a list for my "teaching resources" items as a try and now I'm going to experiment with the webslides. The only thing is that I imported my bookmarks from delicious and it's hard work to organize them all :-)
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    So, how could we organize our tagging system after this week's discussion? Give some practical hints here. I'll start with: - try to keep a single word tag - add as many tags as you can think of - think of individual uses of the tags you're using, as well as the collective needs of easy retrieval of resources - tag, tag, tag - pay attention to mispelled words - use the groups' recommended tags in addition to the ones you've already used -
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    Week 2 Discussion in the LearningwithComputers group about ways to improve our collective tagging experience.
Izzaty P.

7 Online Magazines for Kids That Are Worth a Read - 0 views

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    Children's magazines like their adult counterparts also have accompanying websites. A visitor who drops by won't be able to distinguish between an online magazine and a website (or blog). Most of the online versions of the children's magazines also publish the same content; partly if not all. Here are some that are worth a look and a read.
Cara Whitehead

Reading Comprehension - 11 views

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    Great article on relationship of reading and spelling
Mary Hillis

Langwitches » What Are You Reading? Social Networking for Books - 0 views

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    Blog post on Langwitches blog about social reading sites
Paul Beaufait

7 Things You Should Know About Ning | EDUCAUSE CONNECT - 0 views

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    One of the latest publications in the ELI "Seven Things You Should Know About..." series
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    Abstract: Ning is an online service that allows users to create their own social networks and join and participate in other networks. No technical skill is required to set up a social network, and there are no limits to the number of networks a user can join. Users of Ning social networks have access to functionality similar to that of more well-known social networks, such as Facebook and MySpace. Various features allow users to read news or learn about related events, join groups, read and comment on blog entries, view photos and videos, and other activities as set up by the network creator. RSS feeds let users subscribe to updates from specific parts of the social network.
Carla Arena

Reading Treasures in the Language Classroom Show at The Journey - 0 views

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    João, We talked about MixBook last year duing a webcast about reading treasures you might want to check here http://explorations.bloxi.jp/a/reading-treasures-in-the-language-classroom-show/
Nelba Quintana

Read The Words - 0 views

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    you upload files in any format (word, PDF, HTML) and the soft reads it in English , French and Spanish
Cara Whitehead

Reading Street4 Vocabulary and SpellingCity.com - 0 views

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    Links to Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary, MacMillan/McGraw Hill Spelling, Abeka Spelling, Harcourt Spelling, Essential Vocabulary, Journeys and Treasures, and Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary are also listed here.
Paul Beaufait

I'm Reading! [Starfall] - 9 views

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    Menu of online reading collections: Three Little Plays, Fiction and Non-Fiction, Comics, Folk Tales, Greek Myths, and Chinese Fables (2011.03.15)
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    Thanks to Jennifer for point out resources on this site (Starfall, Fiction and Non-Fiction)!
Muslim Academy

Advantages of learning Tajweed - 0 views

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    The Arabic alphabet interpreted as 'slow, deliberate rythmic' is TARTEEL. The tafseer of the ayat on top along with Ibn Kathir is 'recite the Qur'an slowly, making the letters clear, for this is an aid in understanding and thinking the meaning of the Holy book Qur'an.' You must get a Qur'an teacher who has considered Tajweed to pay attention to your recital and proper you. Tajweed cannot just be taught from books, as the arrangements of your mouth and the sounds are imperative and just a teacher can exact you and ensure you are utilizing the rules appropriately. Qur'an reading with proper Tajweed is a science which was passed along age by age through tutors not only books, with a straight line to the Prophet (P.B.U.H). Track this book including the rules of Tajweed and read every rule gradually, concerning it as you go together with the aid of your tutor. Follow the graphs will make it still enhanced to recognize and memorize the rules Insha'Allah.
Cara Whitehead

What's New? - 3 views

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    Two New Free Games! Just in time for the Holiday Season - two brand new games! Test-N-Teach (TNT) is our new spelling game and Read-A-Word is our first-ever reading game. Both games are available to everyone!
Brad alamder

A Better Guide To Let You Know The Necessary Information About Payday Loans Bad Credit! - Medium - 0 views

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    It is always worthwhile to read the correct details about Payday Loans Canada to experience the smooth and hassle free lending. So, it is advisable to read the above guide thoroughly to make the wise and appropriate lending decision.
makemoney07

How to Make Money as a Social Media Influencer - make-lots-of-money - 0 views

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    You've definitely heard about big YouTube stars and Instagram models. You've read news about how they're getting paid a lot of money and you probably want in on the secret. This article will show you where to start so you can earn money on your social media. Continue reading here http://www.make-lots-of-money.com/make-money-social-media-influencer/
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