Tag: reading

A 17-country report just released by global market analysts, GfK, shows that 30% of the international online population read books"every day or most days". This is led by China at 36%, closely followed by Spain and the UK at 32% each. However, if the segment is widened to include both daily readers and those who read"at least once a...

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed the Read by Three Act (SB 391) designed to improve early literacy and student achievement. The law includes early identification and parental notification of reading deficiencies, intensive reading interventions for students in need of additional support and, as a last resort, retention at the end of third grade with more intensive interventions. The law...

As eBooks continue to dominate the literary market and tablets take over our nightstands, new research pours in on the superiority of paper books: in December, Language Magazine reported on the detrimental effects of eReaders on sleep quality (see “Paper Books are Better in Bed") and now researchers are analyzing the effects of eReading on our waking hours. More...

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Todd Brekhus, president of myON, extols the benefits of students developing their own personal digital libraries Making literacy more personal to kids, especially to second-language learners, begins with providing learners with their own personal libraries. It’s hard to think about literacy without a library of great content and great books. So, when a student is able to have his or...

Researchers at London’s Institute of Education have found that children who are avid readers reap the rewards well into adulthood. The participants of the study who were avid readers as children scored significantly higher on vocabulary tests as adults. More...

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Kate Kinsella advocates the use of narrow reading units as a portal to word knowledge and literate discourse I provide consultancy and professional development for districts across the nation that are striving to support English learners and under-resourced students in making viable academic language and literacy advances. I am observing with increasing concern as well-intended English language arts...

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Stephen Krashen finds an easy way to help close the achievement gap in literacy and clean up clutter at the same time There is overwhelming evidence that those who live in poverty have little access to books at home, in schools, and in public and school libraries, and that the lack of access to books impacts literacy development and also...

“Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and maths. We need to look at this fourth literacy as mainstream,” argues Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation (creator of the Firefox web browser) in the UK's Telegraph. “Not just at the level of the very basics of operating a computer but actually...

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U.S. 4th Grade Reading Among Best in World Maybe our schools are better than we are being led to believe! Results of the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) show that the only countries with better 4th Grade reading levels are Russia, Finland, and Singapore. This is a remarkable success for U.S. public education, especially when you take...

Maybe our schools are better than we are being led to believe! Results of the 2011 PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) show that the only countries with better 4th Grade reading levels are Russia, Finland, and Singapore. This is a remarkable success for U.S. public education, especially when you take into account Finland’s tiny population and 4%...