ARTICLE: Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. 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.
Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries Who do you think “Librarians of the Future” are? How would they behave and what would they look like? In my imagination they are like a space hero, a Flash Gordon-like figure with almost magical cyber librarian skills nobody ever had heard of. But hold on – many of us practice such skills already. Every time I listen to some of my colleagues from abroad I’m deeply astonished about the diversity of tasks they perform, the services they have invented, and the kind of non genuine library task they manage. (Maybe that’s the reason why every year I’m more content to be a librarian, and I cannot imagine a more powerful and amazing work.)
Reading insecurity: The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deeply and thoughtfully. Everett Collection Slate is an online magazine, which means you are almost certainly reading this on a screen. It is more likely to be morning than evening. You are perhaps at work, chasing a piece of information rather than seeking to immerse yourself in a contemplative experience.
Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? Mark Pennington’s students often read on their laptops. Pennington, who’s a reading specialist in Elk Grove near Sacramento, Calif., sees a need to teach kids how to read digitally and stay engaged, and thinks that digital reading will eventually catch up to what kids can do reading print. When asked if his seventh-graders are more engaged when reading from digital readers or in print, he said it depends — motivation and environment play a big role. “Most of the digital reading that students ‘practice’ is at home on Instagram, chat lines, Facebook and texting,” he said. “Since students are choosing to read and respond in these mediums, and since students have considerable prior knowledge and expertise in the subject matter, their engagement/comprehension is high.” The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research.
Authors dress up as their favourite characters 29 June 2014Last updated at 11:57 ET By Genevieve Hassan Entertainment reporter, BBC News Cambridge Jones dressed as fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favourite literary characters.
Building World Knowledge: Motivating Children to Read and Enjoy Informational Text Click the "References" link above to hide these references. Chall, J., Jacobs, V., & Baldwin, L. (1990). The reading crisis: Why poor children fall behind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Cooperative Children's Book Center (2006). Children's books by and about people of color. Can a Book Ever Change a Reader’s Life for the Worse? Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. “The book that changed my life” is usually taken to mean “for the better.” This week, Leslie Jamison and Francine Prose discuss whether a book can ever transform a reader’s life for the worse. By Leslie Jamison
Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools By Troy Hicks As we have known for decades, and as advocated for by the International Reading Association, our adolescent readers are more likely to engage with text when they feel connected to the topic, have a choice in the reading materials, and are able to discuss what they have read in both formal and informal settings. Unfortunately, even with the proliferation of social media and new technologies in our classrooms, many of the students who I have met with over the past school year have still felt a disconnect between the reading they do in school and the reading they do for their own enjoyment. While there are still many active, avid readers, survey data that I have collected with Dr. One additional layer that I would like to add to this conversation connects to a big topic amongst literacy educators: “close reading.”
Cover by Peter Mendelsund: The utility of book covers in a digital world (PHOTOS). As associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books, Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book jackets over the past decade, including his acclaimed cover for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and jackets for the works of classic authors such as James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Simone de Beauvoir. This week he published What We See When We Read, about the phenomenology of reading, and Cover, a monograph that includes examples of his best work, his thoughts on designing, and short essays by some of the writers whose work he has covered. Here at the Eye, Mendelsund shares an excerpt from Cover that considers the utility of book jacket design in our ever-more digital literary world. A skin. A membrane.
RDA new cataloguing rules Why new rules, and what has it got to do with me? Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the cataloguing standard being introduced to replace Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition (AACR2). National Library of Australia has announced that it will implement RDA in early 2013 (Australian Committee on Cataloguing n.d.). RDA will initially impact on cataloguers, and in the longer term will shape how end users of catalogues and discovery systems find the information they require.
Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life by Maria Popova Even if one could never “finish” great literature, one has to begin somewhere. Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they dealt with the truth of the human spirit. He was also, as any great writer, an insatiable reader of literature, which he wove together into A Calendar of Wisdom — the proto-Tumblr he spent the final decades of his life assembling. Study: Large online literacy achievement gap exists Today’s students may be skilled at texting and social media, but many are unable to perform online research and distinguish accurate information on the web, according to a new study. Further, there is a large achievement gap in online reading ability between students in economically disadvantaged districts and their peers in wealthier schools. This gap is separate from the more widely reported offline reading achievement gap, and is not addressed in most states, reports the study, “The New Literacies of Online Research and Comprehension: Rethinking the Reading Achievement Gap,” published in January’s Reading Research Quarterly. Online reading is not simply taking a passage from a book and putting it on a computer screen. The study, conducted by the lab’s researchers, examined seventh graders in two Connecticut districts.
The Ephemeral Ebook Library The Supreme Court’s strong endorsement of library property rights in books may one day seem quaint, however, due to the (absent) first sale rights and increasingly narrow contract terms through which we all acquire e-books. Just as Amazon can randomly delete the contents of your Kindle, ebook vendors that serve public and academic libraries can randomly remove contents from their holdings — or increase their price by 300% in the middle of a library’s budget cycle, which may have the same effect. For ebooks libraries buy, they have few rights attached to them. Despite being a great deal more expensive than consumer ebooks, many licenses for academic ebooks attempt to limit the traditional first sale rights that make the academic library possible As many people have pointed out, you don’t really purchase e-books even if the button you push to place your order is labelled “Buy now”. You are licensed them for a very limited set of uses.
The Learning Commons Mindset February 12, 2015 by cultureofyes Students at West Bay Elementary School I walk into almost all of our schools in West Vancouver and very often the first thing people want to show me or talk to me about is the changes happening around the library. Or more specifically, schools are taking great pride in their learning commons spaces that are developing.