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A.I. on the Science of Reading

The following is a discussion with Claude.ai that explores and at times challenges what is commonly called the “science of reading”.   Bold blue is used to indicate our prompting questions. Bold black, our emphasizing of Claude.ai’s response. This discussion will continue to be updated as new questions emerge. Describe the mental processing model of reading […]

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BBC: What Does Reading On Screens Do To Our Brains?

The difference between “learning to read on paper” and “learning to read on screens” is a very important conversation.

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Challenging the Common Conception of Neuroplasticity

The Brain Isn’t as Adaptable as Some Neuroscientists Claim. The idea of treating neurological disorders by marshaling vast unused neural reserves is more wishful thinking than reality.

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The First Case Against Too Much Screen Time

The first person known to argue against screen time was Socrates somewhere around twenty-four hundred years ago.  He too was concerned with the unhealthy mental effects of spending too much time staring at and interacting with a hot technology. But the technology he was concerned about wasn’t digital, electronic, or interactive.  Socrates was saying the […]

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John Steinbeck on “The Horrible Task of Learning to Read”

This book is always right next to me when I am working.  Every time I see it I am reminded of how it changed my life. It still blows me away. It was about 24 years ago. My then six-year-old daughter and I were at a garage sale on the island of Kauai. I remember […]

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Bill Gates: AI will be teaching kids literacy within 18 months

The title is taken from Gates’ comments at the Stage X at the 2023 ASU+GSV Summit. What instructional models will the AI literacy tutors of the future be using? Will they assume phonics, structured word inquiry, or one of the other bottoms-up decoding-based word recognition models? Will they use personalized decodable texts and top down […]

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Critical Terms in Reading Science and Instruction – 1

 Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully […]

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Paradigm Inertia: Science of Reading

You See What Your Knowledge Tells You To See Paradigms are the mental infrastructures that connect and unify the mental models through which we experience the world. Because paradigms, like religious beliefs, can become so deeply rooted in our identities, they can be very hard to change.  Sometimes they are hard to change for scientific […]

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Exploring Differing Assumptions: Science and Reading Science

 Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully […]

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Exploring Differing Assumptions in Reading Science – Emotions and Reading

 Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully […]

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