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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2008
Across the world, technology is part of the social and academic lives of students. In particular, iPods are one of the most popular forms of technology. Wikipedia, an excellent online source for information, notes that Apple has sold more than 119 million of these portable media players as of October 2007. With iPods, students can listen to, or…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Acquisition
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2008
Struggling readers may regularly worry about reading at an appropriate speed and intonation. Fluency is a "hot" topic according to Jack Cassidy's annual reading survey published in "Reading Today," in which he interviews various literacy experts throughout the United States on the hot and not-so-hot reading topics. Fluency…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Informal Reading Inventories, Reading Instruction, Handheld Devices
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2007
Technology is a way of life for most Americans. A recent study published by the National Writing Project (2007) found that Americans believe that computers have a positive effect on writing skills. The importance of learning to use technology ranked just below learning to read and write, and 74 percent of the survey respondents noted that children…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Caregivers, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2005
Much of the research literature from the past 25 years has supported the importance of teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction (Calkins, 1980; DiStefano & Killion, 1984; Weaver, 1996,1998). Unlike other content areas, practice does not make perfect when learning grammar. While isolated drill and practice of grammatical concepts may…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Educational Technology, Writing Instruction, Grammar