digital reading

Working with young children is something I feel very fortunate to be able to do each day. The best part of my day is being able to share great stories with my students. They love when they see me walk in with a large, plain, brown bag. They know it is filled with new treasures from the local, independent bookstore. My 2nd-graders not only love the rich stories we share together, they become...
Image 3.4- Concluding the Video with the Title and Book Cover.png All rights reserved. Whether students are reading an actual book or reading on their phone, tablet, or any other device, I am a firm believer that even the most reluctant middle school readers can be nurtured and develop ap- preciation for literature and reading. Kelly Gallagher (2009) states in his...
As the Visiting Fiction Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University I taught fiction writing to undergraduates and undergrads in courses titled Fiction Bootcamp and Writer's Workshop. These courses were craft-based workshops where my students and I pondered the big questions of how fiction is constructed and what makes it work. We looked under the hood, took the back off the clock, peered into the...
Finally, we think about the possibilities afforded by interactive ebooks.   INTERACTIVE EBOOK FEATURES AND EXAMPLES To return one more time to Avi Itzkovitch's thoughts on ebooks, he defines interactive ebooks as "apps designed specifically to utilize the powers of tablets to enable users to interact with the storyline in sight, sound, and touch." There are a variety of interactive ebooks...
Here we look at ebooks with increasing levels of interactivity, first exploring enhanced ebooks. ENHANCED EBOOK FEATURES As Avi Itzkovitch describes them, enhanced ebooks “are a new digital publication standard that allows easy integration of video, audio, and interactivity.”  This can include options such as richer annotation features, quizzes, audio and video content, and links to supplemental...
We are heading into the world of e-reading, considering what it might mean for us as digital writers and readers. Here, we explore functionality made available to typical ebooks. EBOOK FEATURES These books can be as simple as a PDF document, or they can be comprised of "flowable" text that allows for font size adjustment. Probably the most common formats for  ebooks are the Kindle and iBooks...
8316078699_184573b1e7_q.jpg All rights reserved. By now -- in fact, right now -- there is a very good chance that you are reading text on something smaller than a typical computer screen, perhaps your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. And, that means that the opportunity to interact with this text has, quite literally, come straight to your fingertips. While...
As eBooks and immersive, web-based texts continue to proliferate, many of us still wonder how to approach this type of reading, both for ourselves and our students. Even as librarians, teachers, and readers debate the quality, availability, and just plain fun of ebooks, we know that more and more of our students are experiencing them. In this collection, we explore a variety of formats for and...
Last month I went to the Educon conference at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia for the first time and was so excited to see all of the amazing work being done by educators to incorporate digital literacies into their practices and classrooms. I was particularly inspired by the hackjam run by Meenoo Rami and Chad Sansing (watch it live here or read about Chad's reflections on it here...
CCCC.jpg This position statement issued by the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC), a subset of NCTE, takes a pro-technology stand, asking that we integrate technology responsibly in the teaching of writing. In a section headed "A Current challenge: Electronic Rating," however, the position statement warns of the dangers of machine-scoring...

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