Reading And The Internet


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Presentation on reading for Future of Learnng in a Networked World unconference, Bangkok, Jan 2008

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Reading And The Internet

  1. 1. Reading and the Internet International School of Bangkok January 16, 2008 Vance Stevens Petroleum Institute Abu Dhabi, UAE Future of Learning in a Networked World 2
  2. 2. What is Reading? <ul><li>William Grabe and others characterize how reading is interaction with a writer (mirrors writing as interaction with a reader) </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive loads on both, but L1 readers and writers have native language advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Reading heuristics might need emphasis with L2 readers who … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ may not have automated one or more of the component processes of reading in the second language, such as word decoding and recognition, resulting in working-memory overload and diversion of attention away from the construction of a text model.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Or at a higher processing level, readers may not be familiar with semantic or discourse schemata specific to the culture of the second language, so that they have no pre-activated scaffolding to help them summarize and organize the details of the incoming text, and quickly face overload. “ </li></ul></ul>From Cobb and Stevens, 1996; reference next slide
  3. 3. Text Manipulation <ul><li>In … Cobb, T. and V. Stevens. 1996. A Principled Consideration of Computers and Reading in a Second Language . Pennington, M.C. (Ed.). The Power of CALL . Houston: Athelstan. pp.115-136. Online version: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We argue that “TM (text manipulation) templates can engage students at higher cognitive levels while presenting them with virtually limitless amounts of comprehensible input in the form of authentic texts”; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. “on-line cloze exercises may promote awareness of contextual help in restoring degraded messages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the distinctive feature of TM program design is that the program is able to deal with any text whatever” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Concordance and Vocabulary <ul><li>“ One option made possible by the potentially large amount of text available is to provide help in the form of a concordance on the word the learner is trying to discover,” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g “with that word masked in the concordance output, giving learners richer context, but not the answer” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom Cobb’s Compleat Lexical Tutor provides corpus-based help with vocabulary: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>See also: </li></ul>
  5. 5. ReadingMatrix <ul><li>Journal and reading resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional online conference </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogging <ul><li>Blogging puts students in touch with one another </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging for Educators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>URL: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All current EVO sessions: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relation to reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best introduction to blogging is to get students READING good blogs and engage in conversations with others in reflection on their practice  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is important that TEACHERS blog: There is evidence that teachers who blog are better able to model and impart enthusiasm to their students. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Writingmatrix <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on writing, but incidentally through reading and collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students locate each other’s work though search on common tag i.e. writingmatrix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students read peer material and comment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students know what they write is being read, encouraged to read and write more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For more information, Google ‘writingmatrix’ or see most recent document: </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Kindle from <ul><li>Google: Kindle </li></ul><ul><li>Holds hundreds of books, memory variable </li></ul><ul><li>More texts easily downloadable </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to be read comfortably </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilizes ‘digital paper’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No backlight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display can be read out of doors, in sunlight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feels like a book, similar weight and size </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Printing on Demand <ul><li>Machine developed to print books in minutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shoppers can have books printed while-u-wait </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More information at On the Media, NPR “One for the books” Nov. 23, 2007 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other Reading Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Resource Center: </li></ul><ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Google Library Project </li></ul>TheFuture of Learning in a Networked World unConference is (un)organized by TALO: Teaching and Learning Online: