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  • Videos about media literacy

    Information Literacy Weblog
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The European digital literacy project, Emedus, has put up a series of short videos in which media literacy experts talk about the state of media literacy (mostly relating to their specific country), recorded at the European MIL forum. The videos are entitled Media and Information Literacy; however, the ones I've dipped into are plainly only about media literacy and media education. This continues a rather worrying trend of using MIL as an alternative new label for media literacy. However, if you leave that aside, they are interesting. https://www.youtube.com/user/EMEDUSUAB/videosPhoto by…
  • Attention Coaches, Counselors, Mentors!

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Great Ideas for Connecting Kids to Books this Summer, Especially for Coaches, Counselors, and Mentors Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors, coaches, scout and camp councilors, youth volunteers—all of you have far more influence on the kids in your life than you know. And you have enormous influence on the children and teens that have parents who, for whatever reason, are unable to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Your position is free of even ordinary parental/child/teen tension, and because of that, your leadership and friendship are hugely meaningful, especially to…
  • Are You Lactating? And other notes on Academic Language

    Shanahan on Literacy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Late last year, it was big news when a translator for the deaf and hard of hearing at Nelson Mandela’s funeral didn’t know sign language. The fella was very entertaining (his “signs” displayed exuberance, but not meaning). It reminded me of when the Dairy Council tried to translate their, “Got Milk” advertising campaign into Spanish—their translator lacked sufficient knowledge of the languages and the slogan came out, “Are you lactating?” Probably not the best way to sell milk!Language is essential to learning and communication, so it should not be a surprise that…
  • How Kansas City Kids Beat Summer Slide

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    All summer long, you’ve heard how summer slide – the learning loss that occurs when kids are out of school – adds up for kids who don’t have access to books and other learning opportunities. But there’s good news – many schools and organizations throughout the country are working hard to stop summer slide. Take Kansas City, Missouri, for example. Over the last two summers, a coalition of KC-based organizations have been working with First Book to help reverse summer learning loss for kids in their community. “More needs to be done to address the summer…
  • About 84,000 Georgia children to begin pre-school

    Search for "children literacy"
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Department of Early Care and Learning officials say about 84,000 children are expected to enroll in Georgia's pre-kindergarten program this year.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Videos about media literacy

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The European digital literacy project, Emedus, has put up a series of short videos in which media literacy experts talk about the state of media literacy (mostly relating to their specific country), recorded at the European MIL forum. The videos are entitled Media and Information Literacy; however, the ones I've dipped into are plainly only about media literacy and media education. This continues a rather worrying trend of using MIL as an alternative new label for media literacy. However, if you leave that aside, they are interesting. https://www.youtube.com/user/EMEDUSUAB/videosPhoto by…
  • i3 conference 2015

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    The 2015 i3 conference (Information, Interactions and Impact) takes place June 23-26, 2015 at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Conference themes include: the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacies); patterns of information behaviour in different contexts (e.g. creativity, ethics, surveillance, ownership, information recycling/reuse); the social, cultural and economic impacts of engagement with information, including the assessment of impact; the value of information and knowledge as enablers of resilience and change in…
  • College and Research Libraries: student success; social media use; one-box

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The last 2 issues of the open-access College and research libraries include:- Cook, J.M (2014). A Library Credit Course and Student Success Rates: A Longitudinal Study. College and research libraries, 75(3), 272-283. ("The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library has offered a fifteen-week two-hour credit course since 1998. In a longitudinal study covering twelve years, the library analyzed the progression and graduation rates of over fifteen thousand students. Students who took the class during their undergraduate career were found to graduate at much higher rates than students who…
  • More #iFutures

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Proceedings from the iFutures University of Sheffield Information School doctoral conference (held yesterday) have been published: there are some full papers, and abstracts of a couple of the papers and of most of the posters. Go to: https://conferencepapers.shef.ac.uk/index.php/iFutures/2014/schedConf/presentations Additionally, the workshop powerpoint of my colleague Professor Paul Clough (on Research beyond academia) has been published: linked from http://ifutures.group.shef.ac.uk/schedule.htmlPhoto by Sheila Webber: Hydrangea, July 2014
  • Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact #ifutures

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Today is the iFutures conference, organised by and for doctoral students. It is the annual doctoral conference in my department, the Information School at Sheffield University, and I am doing a workshop for it this afternoon. This is my powerpoint! Disseminating your Research to Maximise Impact from Sheila Webber
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Attention Coaches, Counselors, Mentors!

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Great Ideas for Connecting Kids to Books this Summer, Especially for Coaches, Counselors, and Mentors Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors, coaches, scout and camp councilors, youth volunteers—all of you have far more influence on the kids in your life than you know. And you have enormous influence on the children and teens that have parents who, for whatever reason, are unable to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Your position is free of even ordinary parental/child/teen tension, and because of that, your leadership and friendship are hugely meaningful, especially to…
  • Helping Your Kids Find the Right Books

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer Reading Recommendations  from Authoritative Sources AboundWould you like to visit your local library or bookstore with a list of summer reading books for your kids in hand? Then check out inspiring recommendations from the following expert sources:To discover recommendations for fiction and nonfiction books for kids aged 0 through 9, visit Reading Rockets' Reading Adventure Packs for Families.For summer reading adventures for young people aged 9 through 18, visit AdLit.org's Summer Fun list. For a list of books for kids of all ages, visit the Summer Reading From the Horn Book…
  • Prevent the Summer Reading Slide!

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    To Spark Summer Learning, Start with a Book!Need help coming up with ideas to keep your child reading and writing over the summer? Reading Rockets’ Start with a Book has some cool ideas to jump start your summer learning adventures: Strengthen kids’ literacy, inquiry, and problem-solving skills with a combination of great books and the easy hands-on activities Start with a Book offers in these science-themed activity packs.Use Start with a Book themes to plan reading and learning adventures in your own community. Take advantage of the related books, activities and apps selected…
  • Katerine Paterson On Set for GILLY

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Behind the Scenes During Filming of The Great Gilly HopkinsSophie Nelisse and Toby Turner act out a scene in the bus station. S. E. Hinton did it in the film adaptation of her novel The Outsiders. And Louis Sachar did it in the film version of his book Holes. Now Katherine Paterson has done it--she has filmed a cameo role in the movie version of her novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, the story of the brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable 11-year Gilly who is shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter. Katherine Paterson and Sophie Nelisse get direction for…
  • Massachusetts! Your Libraries Need You!

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    A Call to Action to Massachusetts Residents from Library AdvocatesDear Massachusetts Library Supporters:A Conference Committee – their names and contact info are at the end of this letter – has been appointed to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the FY15 State budget. Now is the critical time for all of us – librarians, trustees, friends, library users, anyone – to let members know it’s important to reverse some long-overdue library funding deficits. This year is a big opportunity. We must act, even if you never have before!!! The Western Massachusetts…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Are You Lactating? And other notes on Academic Language

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Late last year, it was big news when a translator for the deaf and hard of hearing at Nelson Mandela’s funeral didn’t know sign language. The fella was very entertaining (his “signs” displayed exuberance, but not meaning). It reminded me of when the Dairy Council tried to translate their, “Got Milk” advertising campaign into Spanish—their translator lacked sufficient knowledge of the languages and the slogan came out, “Are you lactating?” Probably not the best way to sell milk!Language is essential to learning and communication, so it should not be a surprise that…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part IV, Success

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Previously, I described how I taught my daughters about print, sight vocabulary, phonological awareness, phonics, and early writing skills, while fostering their interest in being literate—all essential to learning to read. But they still could not read.While I was doing this at home, I was teaching undergrad teacher candidates at the university. My nascent teachers were puzzled: E. could read 25 words, knew her letter sounds, and could print using invented spelling (her best friend was named “KD”, for instance). Why couldn’t she read?They assumed that knowing the letter sounds meant…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part III, Phonics

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    And what about phonics?So far, I have explained the literacy environment, print awareness, and sight word teaching that were part of teaching my daughters to read, but phonics also played an important role.I have explained that my children were remembering words from their language experience stories. My teacher preparation students at the university asked me how many words my daughters would need to know before they could read; a very interesting question. In fact, there is no set number. Memorizing some words is always part of beginning reading, but reading is more than memorizing…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read -- Part II, Print Awareness

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Last week, I began a multi-part series on how I taught my daughters to read. My oldest daughter wryly replied to that entry, suggesting I could have saved a lot of pixels if I had just said that I hired a tutor…. And her son who just had his third birthday (and who did not read that entry) informed me that his goal for being 3-years-old was to read words.In that first entry, I described the literacy context in which my daughters grew up. Now, let’s turn to the more formal side of the teaching.When the girls were 2-3 years old, more explicit teaching was introduced. Each child was…
  • Teaching My Daughters to Read; Part I -- Context

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Hi Dr. Shanahan,I couldn't help but notice in your latest blog post the mention of how you "remember vividly teaching your oldest daughter to read."  I am writing in hopes that you'd be willing to share - either with me or your readers on your blog - what you did (either in broad strokes or even specifics) to teach her to read.  I would not expect you to publicly endorse a program or approach nor am I asking you to divulge anything about your family publicly - I'm simply in the same position as a father of a four year old daughter and sincerely interested in how you approached this…
 
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    First Book Blog

  • How Kansas City Kids Beat Summer Slide

    Julia Hornaday
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    All summer long, you’ve heard how summer slide – the learning loss that occurs when kids are out of school – adds up for kids who don’t have access to books and other learning opportunities. But there’s good news – many schools and organizations throughout the country are working hard to stop summer slide. Take Kansas City, Missouri, for example. Over the last two summers, a coalition of KC-based organizations have been working with First Book to help reverse summer learning loss for kids in their community. “More needs to be done to address the summer…
  • Out-of-This-World Books!

    Marissa Wasseluk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Apollo XI moon landing celebrated its 45th anniversary this past Sunday. First Book is celebrating this momentous event with some of our favorite space-inspired books:  1. Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape–any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also…
  • The Joy of Giving Back

    Marissa Wasseluk
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    They each shared their reasons for being there – cherished memories of reading with a parent, the desire to instill a love of reading in their own kids, wanting to honor a father’s passion for education. It was the first task Joy Brooke, co-chair of First Book’s Seattle volunteer chapter, asked her members to complete. “Everyone had a story that led them to First Book. And everyone believed in the simple goal of getting books to kids,” said Joy. Joy herself was drawn to the idea of helping put new books into the homes of low-income families. As a teacher and a mother of two who is…
  • No Kid Hungry: Summer Feeding and Summer Fun

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    For kids from low-income families, summer doesn’t always mean carefree fun. Many kids have fewer learning opportunities and parents often struggle to find safe, affordable childcare, making summer a time of stress and worry. For more than 21 million kids who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, summer is also a time of hunger. Forty three percent of families that rely on school meal programs find themselves without enough food when school is out. First Book knows kids need to be nourished in body and mind, during the summer and all year-round. That’s why First Book…
  • Summer Slide: It Adds Up

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Now in the thick of hot and sticky summer, the ring of the school bell has long left kids’ minds. And while three months may not seem like much, that time really adds up for kids who don’t have access to books or educational activities. Summer slide sets in, and without access to summer learning resources, kids fall behind. A study of students in Baltimore, MD showed that kids without access to books over the summer were behind their peers during the next school year. And as years passed, the effect accumulated.  By the end of 5th grade, kids in need were nearly three years…
 
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  • More updates in the @TTUEngMediaLab

    Chase
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Moving from ML digital architecture to physical space redesign and outfitting. Left: Mounted Green Screen (blue, for Chroma Key work) | Right: Texas Tech Susan Polgar National Invitational Tournament for Girls poster Left: Collage of Innovative Study Abroad poster w/Chinese New Year event poster elements | Right: Dual poster of Texas Tech Chronicles lecture series and India Fulbright information
  • Assignment: Learning Journal A

    tysonb15
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 pm
    In my second semester of my first year I went on my first teaching practicum! But more on that later, as well as going on prac I had to write reflective journals on each week’s lecture material. I’ll be honest, I hated these reflective journals. I felt like I had to disregard all the knowledge and experience I had from working in a senior school with at-risk youth for the past three and a half years, and instead pretend I was a newly graduated high-school kid with no previous experience. I also felt that if I wasn’t “reflecting” in line with what my tutor agreed…
  • FNMI & Literacy

    Deborah McCallum
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The Aboriginal population is the fastest growing population in Canada, it is essential to not just a
  • Nice to meet you and listen to you read, Willie!

    readingroo
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Roo always enjoys making new friends, and it was really nice to meet Willie and listen to him read. Willie read one of our cool New Zealand authored-books called Holy Socks by Dawn McMillan – a story about a special cat with a heart of gold – a bit like Roo, but only feline! Thanks for the awesome reading Willie, you were great!
  • Beautiful reading from Justina.

    readingroo
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Justina was back from her holidays with a big smile on her face, and eager to read again to Roo. Justina selected two awesome new books, and Roo thought the one about the two rabbits was particularly interesting …
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