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Literacy in the Digital Age

Here is an interesting quote on a listserv Education and Technology that is full of fascinating information (http://www.educatorstechnology.com/) and it is a different twist on literacy:  "Lanham noted in "American Scientific", that "word literacy", meaning the ability to read and write, has gradually extended its grasp in the digital age until it has come to mean the ability to understand information, however presented " ( 1995, p. 198)."
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Read Across America Day

This email is forwarded from Natalie Shaheen. Please send all questions to  Friends: I need your help and the awesome part is you probably already have what I’m looking for. For Read Across America Day (march 1 this year) we are trying to make sure Braille is part of the conversation. To ensure we have content to push out, particularly in social media streams, we are asking people to submit pictures of themselves or their children/students reading Braille in cool and diverse locations (on a beach, in the woods, at Disney World, at the Golden Gate Bridge). I’m guessing you all already have these kind of pictures just sitting around. Where was your last vacation? Were you reading Braille? Did someone happen to take a picture of you? The other thing we’re asking for are videos of people reading braille, maybe a Seuss book. That, I realize, you probably don’t have...
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Learning To Listen Listening To Learn

One of our initiatives this year in the outreach department is to explore listening as a focus topic. Those of us in the VI field understand the importance of listening for individuals who are visual impairment, yet it is a topic about which very little has been written. As part of this initiative, we are forming a study group to read and discuss a new book Learning to Listen Listening to Learn edited by Lizabeth Barclay from AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) Press. We also plan on participating in the Learning to Listen Listening to Learn webinar series through AFB (American Foundation for the Blind). If you would like to join in these webinars, here is a link to the information.  AFB webinars So, stay tuned and we will periodically post comments and suggestions as we delve into this resource and topic. Eva Lavigne Outreach Transition Specialist
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Emerging Writing

I just listened to a presentation on emerging writing in children who are 3-5 years of age.  What I kept thinking to myself was “How can we support the participation of children with visual impairments in emergent writing activities?” Here is a definition of emergent writing and a link to the paper it came from: “The broad construct of emergent writing includes the physical marks that young children make on paper, the meanings that children attribute to these markings, and the social contexts in which the writing takes place (Clay, 1975; Rowe, 2008).”p.54 Preschool lab Ohio State University  Getting the physical marks on paper may be the hardest part for a child with a visual impairment.  In children with typical vision, these marks start out as scribbles and/or pictures. For some children with visual impairments, just providing high contrast markers, good lighting, using a light box as a writing surface, using...
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E-Texts

For my first blog entry, I want to share an editorial that was written by Nicholas Carr and first published in the Dallas Morning News on August 5, 2011. You can find the text of the editorial here: http://www.macon.com/schools-beware-the-e-book-bandwagon.html Let me start with a disclaimer that I am a fan of Nicholas Carr. This link will open a webpage containing a quick biography of him: http://www.nicholasgcarr.com I have been struck by his thoughts about how recent changes in technology are affecting brain development. What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains is amazing and scary all at once. It is also controversial and not universally accepted. Contrast Carr’s editorial with Governor Rick Perry’s call (reported April 7, 2010) to do away with all paper textbooks by 2014: http://www.nbcdfw.com/Gov-Perry-Wants-School-Texts-to-be-Online-Only-by-2014.html Clearly, Texas is not the only state looking at doing away with paper texts. And I will agree with some of the points...
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