eReaders & eBooks in the Classroom

What am I going to do with an eReader in my classroom?!

eReaders and Dyslexia

Are eReaders Helpful for Dyslexia?” an article written by Sara Benard on Mind/Shift poses the question whether eReaders can help students with Dyslexia become successful readers. An article by Annie Murphy Paul, “Can eReaders Ease reading for Dyslexics?” (also on Mind/Shift) offers insight into how eReaders and the accessibility features can help children with Dyslexia improve their reading abilities. Besides the obvious text-to-speech capabilities offered on most tablets and eReaders, there are other accessibility features that can be set that are found to help with reading:

  • “…a team of researchers from the University of Padova in Italy reported that extra-large spacing between letters allowed a group of dyslexic children to read text significantly faster and with fewer than half as many errors as when they read passages with standard spacing.”
  • …”the size of the letters themselves affects how quickly and easily dyslexics read.”
  • “Even the font in which a text is printed may influence how readily a dyslexic is able to read.”

The article provides two research studies where text spacing and font sized were the variables for studying ways to help Dyslexics read more successfully.

I think this is a very timely and interesting article where many people are looking to invest in eReaders because of the accessibility features that would help the diverse student populations with in our schools.

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Is your eReader reading you?

Usually our relationship with a book is intimate, solitary, and unless we share our thoughts about the book with a book club, friend, or no one usually the way in which we read books are pretty much immeasurable after we purchase, borrow, or checkout that book. The following article from the Wall Street Journal, “Your eBook is Reading You” (June 29, 2012) Read the full article using the link to access it.

Amongst all the other data that is collected about our daily lives, you can add your reading habits to that list, if you read on an eReader.

“But the rise of digital books has prompted a profound shift in the way we read, transforming the activity into something measurable and quasi-public.” Previously, publishers and authors really did not know who their customer’s were. Now they have a wealth of knowledge.

“The major new players in e-book publishing—Amazon, Apple and Google—can easily track how far readers are getting in books, how long they spend reading them and which search terms they use to find books.” Will this new knowledge help to make books more appealing or more mass-market appealing.

“…when the data showed that Nook readers routinely quit long works of nonfiction, the company began looking for ways to engage readers in nonfiction and long-form journalism. They decided to launch “Nook Snaps,” short works on topics ranging from weight loss and religion to the Occupy Wall Street movement.” I find this part of the article most interesting because it is delving into the idea of interactive/multi-media style books that many educators are looking into for their students. Also, Doesn’t the “Nook Snaps” sound a lot like chunking — which teachers do for many non-fiction passages for their students anyway.

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A Kindle World Blog – July’s $3.99 or less

Here is a link to a great blog about Kindles and Kindle books.

The blog, especially this post, highlights the free and cheap books that are available during the month to purchase for the Kindle.

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