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ERIC Number: ED466233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
The Fluid Reading Primer: Animated Decoding Support for Emergent Readers.
Zellweger, Polle T.; Mackinlay, Jock D.
A prototype application called the Fluid Reading Primer was developed to help emergent readers with the process of decoding written words into their spoken forms. The Fluid Reading Primer is part of a larger research project called Fluid Documents, which is exploring the use of interactive animation of typography to show additional information in computer-based documents. A user study indicated that animated annotations do not prevent readers from attending to the reading task; however, some subjects preferred static text to animated text. These results suggest the need for careful animation design. The Fluid Reading Primer extends this prior work by focusing on an educational task and incorporating audio into the interactive animation. When a reader requests help for a particular word, the Fluid Primer uses interactive animation to break the word apart to visually indicate its constituent sounds. The Fluid Primer can also play back audio versions of each segmented constituent sound, as well as the blended complete word. The authors envision that this method could be incorporated into future e-books to provide scaffolding on demand for readers of arbitrary texts. Moreover, it is believed that the animations shown by this tool provide a valuable visualization of the decoding steps that will help readers learn to perform the same steps more quickly and confidently on their own. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: ED-Media 2001 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (13th, Tampere, Finland, June 25-30, 2001); see IR 021 194.