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SYNC summer 2020 Audio Readings

AudioFile has just opened the SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens 2020 Summer season. Starting the week of April 30th, teens (and others) can download two titles that are paired each week for the next 14 weeks (till August). Each of the pairs will be available for free during their week. Readers can download the books using the Overdrive app, and once you have downloaded them they are yours for free. So if you know a teen introduce him or her to some new titles or format or allow yourself to try some young adult books. SYNC is available through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.
Available on Apple Apps and Google Play stores.

The books are available at https://www.audiobooksync.com/

Titles this summer are:


Week 1: 


Week 2: 

Week 3: 
Week 4: 
Week 5: 
And nine more weeks after that.













YouTube read alouds

Here is a principal doing a great activity with his students each week. Using video technology to read to students, allowing him to reach more students than just going to one room.



Watch this week's book at: https://sites.google.com/lpssonline.com/jwj/home

School principal reads aloud via YouTube videos A librarian at a Louisiana elementary school records the school's principal reading a book aloud to students and uploads the video on YouTube. The videos -- said to engage students in reading -- are distributed via the principal's weekly newsletter. TheAdvertiser (Lafayette, La.)  (1/10/2020)

Travel Reading

I love to read (print, digital, and audio), and if you always have a book with you, then you can find some time to read. I'm also a strong believer in anchoring while reading.  I can remember listening to Chopin A La Moog when I was a teen while reading Journey to the Center of the Earth and Ira Leven's This Perfect Day, and sill today when I hear music from that album I remember those books. I also think that that kind of anchoring can be done with where you are reading. Of course, not your favorite reading place at home where you normally read, but when you are traveling. I am lucky that I can travel for work, I am a teacher and Fulbright Specialist, and my work has taken me so many interesting places. When I was younger one of the problems I had while traveling was brining enough books to read, since depending on where you go you might not be able to get more books. This wasn't a problem while traveling in my home country, but you might not be surprised that it is a bit…

Large Print

Large print books have been found to be really helpful in so many ways. Below are some of the results of a study about large print. A problem with large print books (on paper) is that there are so few printed, many of the publishers still think of them for "older" readers. One solution for this though is if you or your school have ereaders to read the books you want, then use the settings or font functions of the ereader to change to a larger print. Please take the time to change from the default that you got with your ebook reader and try some different font, it can make an amazing difference with your reading.



Researchers have found a correlation between large print books and assessment results.
findings include: 61% of elementary school students said they remembered characters and plots better when reading large print books.48% of high school students said they read more outside of school after experiencing large print books.Middle school students reported a 43% reduction …

Reading from paper compared to screens: A systematic review and meta‐analysis

Just finished reading an interesting study that was a meta-analysis of digital versus paper reading. The research done by Virginia Clinton (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-9817.12269) concluded with:

Reading from screens, such as tablets, smartphones and computers, has become ubiquitous for leisure, academic and work‐related reading. This review examined the literature on performance and two processes in reading text from screens and paper. There is legitimate concern that reading on paper may be better in terms of performance and efficiency. Future examination of key issues related to mind wandering, medium preference and contextual cues provided by medium will inform the practical implications of reading text from paper compared to screens.

The study is well done and I wouldn't have any issues with her conclusions. Her study looked at 33 high-quality studies that tested students’ comprehension after they were randomly assigned to read on a screen or on paper…

Free Audiobooks for Teens

I am a strong believer in reading in any format, on paper, eink, digital, and even audio. They are all ways of conveying the content or story and all can be great ways to read new books or visit old favorites.  AudioFile has just opened the SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens' 10th season. Starting this week teens (and others) can download two titles that are paired each week for the next 14 weeks (till August 1). Each of the pairs will be available for free during their week. Readers can download the books using the Overdrive app, and once you have downloaded them they are yours for free. So if you know a teen introduce him or her to some new titles or format or allow yourself to try some young adult books. There are also some other greats including Shakespeare's Othello and one of my science favorites Mary Roach's Gulp.




SUMMER 2019 SYNC TITLE PAIRINGS Week 1: April 25 – May 2
SWING by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander (Blink)
BLINK & CAUTION by T…