Take a quick survey about how you read. Well discuss the results in a bit:Survey: goo.gl/CRGfD or
• Infinite readings available (and sortable/searchable)• High interest, relevant reading; personalization of reading materials.• Share reading materials and discuss them.• Interactive reading (discussions, blogs, commenting)• Tools to aid in comprehension.
Tutorial software - not as in vogue, but still around.Provide readers with tools that can use alongside reading activities:• Use Google Drawing for graphic organizers• Have learners vote/compare ideas using surveys.• Provide discussion questions/discussion community as learners read (e.g., blog, thread, Twitter)
• Use corpora for vocabulary (create lots of examples with KWICs)• Teachers can use concordancer to find out frequent vocabulary, word clusters of specific texts.• Researchers design better word lists (see Miller, 2012 and Gardner/Davies work).
External dictionaries• Easily available, free, audio/video/images of words• Monolingual, learner, bilingual/translation• Multimedia glossesEmbedded/internal dictionaries• Plugins for browsers (e.g., One Click Popup Dictionary for Firefox, Google Dictionary for Chrome)• Consulted more frequently than external (Chun, 2001)
• Any literature out of copyright available online for free.• Much of it is available as audio as well (e.g., recordings on The Internet Archive).• Two good sources to check out: The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg.
What websites/news feeds do you regularly read?• Survey: goo.gl/CRGfD• Results:goo.gl/K0V9x• Summary:goo.gl/7KYoS
A feed of news stories that• takes from multiple sources that you choose.• can be selected based around a theme/topic/type of source.• gives you a preview of multiple stories at once (e.g., headline + image).You can create a shared login or have students follow certain sources.Examples: Pulse, Flipboard
Sign up for...• Pulse (pulse.me) or• Flipboard (requires tablet/smartphone).• Create a reading list based on your own interests or what you think might be good for teaching.• What are some pedgagogical possibilities here?
RSS readers and services like Twitter automatically generate previews of full- length articles:
Sign-up for Twitter, check out the service.Find people/things to follow for learners.Add your Twitter account to the Wiffiti board by tweeting using the hashtag #calltweet (put it at the end of your message) goo.gl/fqWea5Come up w/ an activity or teaching idea for with Twitter. Prepare to share it with the class.