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Theconversation. While just a few years ago, headlines predicted eBook supremacy and the demise of the paper book, that’s now reversed.


They’re now saying the Kindle is clunky and unhip and paper books are cool and selling well as eBook sales crash. But are today’s claims any more accurate than those of 2012? The latest round of headlines was triggered by UK Publishers’ Association figures noting a fall in consumer eBook sales of 17% in 2016, while physical book sales rose 8%. Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers. Do You Read Differently Online and in Print?

In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness, which took place around the 10th century A.D.: the advent of silent reading.

Do You Read Differently Online and in Print?

Human beings have been reading for thousands of years, but in antiquity, the normal thing was to read aloud. When Augustine (the future St. Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens. There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles.

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case. In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading capability (such as Kindles, iPads and mobile phones) did not tend to use their devices for reading - and this was the case even when they were daily book readers. Research also found that the more devices a child had access to, the less they read in general. It suggests that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading, and that paper books are often still preferred by young people. 5 Great eBook Libraries for Kids. Nick Earls successfully takes on dark art of digital publishing with novella experiment. Posted Brisbane author Nick Earls says his multi-platform experiment, publishing five novellas in five months, seems to have proved a risk worth taking.

Nick Earls successfully takes on dark art of digital publishing with novella experiment

With the help of boutique Australian publisher Inkerman and Blunt, Earls this year released the novellas simultaneously in print, as ebooks and as audiobooks — embracing online publishing in a way most traditional publishers have scrupulously avoided until now. The plan was especially risky because novellas have historically been shunned by mainstream publishing. But Earls said the response to his Wisdom Tree series has been overwhelmingly positive. "The reviews have been probably the best I've ever got and readers have really got it.

6 Great Examples of Digital Storytelling - 8MS Blog. At 8 Million Stories we combine digital marketing with digital storytelling.

6 Great Examples of Digital Storytelling - 8MS Blog

Most people know and understand digital marketing, but far fewer people have heard of digital storytelling. In the socially connected world, the attention span of an audience becomes shorter as more and more mundane content is thrust in front of their eyes. Digital storytelling allows a brand to evoke emotion, and become more connected with consumers. If content is at the heart of digital marketing, then we believe audiences are at the heart of digital storytelling. By creating a story that is authentic to your brand and to your audience, and then building content around that story, you will connect your brand to the lives of your consumers. Here are six handpicked examples where we believe great writing is combined with great imagery to create authentic content, and a brilliant digital story. 1.

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally. Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before.

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper. Why Podcasts Like 'Serial' Are Helping English Teachers Encourage Literacy. Two years ago, I was practically begging a student to read a novel in my high-school English class.

Why Podcasts Like 'Serial' Are Helping English Teachers Encourage Literacy

This isn’t an unusual problem. The girl, who’s a relatively bright, college-bound athlete, told me that she “just gets too distracted after five minutes” of reading. When she promised that she would listen to the audiobook of the novel on the team bus that afternoon, I was less than enthused. “Reading is like getting in physical shape,” I told her. Top Ways for Kids to Tell Digital Stories. Top Ways for Kids to Tell Digital Stories When students want to tell a story digitally, or present information they know about, there are several excellent tech tools they can use.

Top Ways for Kids to Tell Digital Stories

You may recall I compiled a List of Digital Storytelling Tools, which brought together links to the actual tools, links to my example of some tools, links to my whole reviews of other digital storytelling tools, and links to articles about digital storytelling in general. In Creating Digital Stories with iPad, I focused on iPad tools only and brought together apps I’d reviewed, and a list of other possible apps. Reading in 2016 – digital vs print, the ultimate smackdown! – Linking Learning. Ok so maybe I got a little carried away with the title of this blog post.

Reading in 2016 – digital vs print, the ultimate smackdown! – Linking Learning

Do students lose depth in digital reading? Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print?

Do students lose depth in digital reading?

For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving or compromising education is a question of concern. With the surge in popularity of e-books, online learning and open educational resources, investigators have been trying to determine whether students do as well when reading an assigned text on a digital screen as on paper. The answer to the question, however, needs far more than a yes-no response. Podcast Party: A Curated List of Nine Teen-Friendly Podcasts. In celebration of the first installment of The Yarn, created by School Library Journal blogger Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, teen librarian Robin Brenner has curated a roundup of podcasts to recommend to young adults who are both new to and well-versed in the format.

Recently, a father and his 12-year-old son were in my library looking for ideas to entertain the boy while he recovered from an upcoming eye surgery. The father pulled out a few audiobooks, but his son was less than enthusiastic about that format. I had a sudden inspiration. I checked to see if the tween would be able to download and listen to podcasts (either via computer or smart phone), and suggested WNYC’s Radiolab. I pitched this science-centric podcast as a funny, smart exploration of questions, such as why we laugh, or why we see colors the way we do.

Podcasting started as audio programs produced exclusively for the iPod (hence the name). 50 of Our Best. Student perspectives on ebook and audiobook usage. Tehani Wessely Various studies suggest that ebook usage is suffering in comparison to its print counterpart. Franklin’s (2016) research indicates that readers overwhelmingly prefer print books to ebooks, while others argue that readers’ information retention and comprehension while using ebooks are not as strong as with print books (Flood 2015; Salter n.d.; Walter 2014).

Data in other studies imply that the rise of ebook sales have begun to falter (Baddeley 2015; Kowlowski 2015; Alter 2015; Trachtenberg 2015). Yet, despite this, the accessibility and availability of ebooks continues to be a strong point in their favour. 13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens. Good Comics forThe Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ‘s “Good Comics for Kids” blog, recommends 13 webcomics for young people. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments section. Digital Literature. Webcomics World. From top: “Hark!

A Vagrant,” “Evil Inc.,” and “The Adventures of Superhero Girl.” Webcomics are the ultimate grassroots medium—they are almost all self-published by creators of all ages who work independently. “It’s all decentralized, like a medieval town of crafters before the rise of guilds,” says Gary Tyrrell, who runs the webcomics news site Fleen. “There are informal networks of friends, but that’s about it.” Blockbuster graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (First Second, 2006), Raina Telgemeier’s Smile (Scholastic, 2010), and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona (HarperCollins, 2015), to name a few, started out as webcomics. Webcomics are, literally, comics published on the web.