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Reading Comprehension sites/apps

Recently, five links to sites and apps to help kids with reading comprehension appeared at Free Technology for Teachers.

Here are some of their top picks, along with mine:

Rewordify: Rewordify is a free website that translates English texts into easier English.

From frustration… …to understanding
You will soon speak more eloquently about a greater number of contentious contemporary issues due to your erudition. You will soon speak more beautifully about more argument-causing modern topics due to your (amazing knowledge).

Speak It is a Google Chrome extension that reads aloud the contents of a web page.

Readworks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension.

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3D Printing Food

A company in Germany, Biozoon, is printing food suitable for patients with dysphagia on 3d printers. The food is solid and can be modified with spices and colors. Once eaten, it melts in the mouth, allowing people who need to have a modified diet for swallowing to eat it.

I have a fear that it would taste a bit like flavored cardboard.

More here.

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Webnesday

Good stuff happening on the internet this week in speech pathology:

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Webnesday

  • Language Problems Common for Kids with ADHD Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research.
  • ‘Like Little Vacuum Cleaners’, Kids Suck Up Swear Words: “I think it’s part of them learning about their emotions and emotional expression and how their parents handle emotion,” Jay says. “So I think if you look at it as just part of being angry or frustrated or happy or surprised, that is all normal. That’s built into all of us.”
  • UAE Audiologist develops Arabic-language test for hearing loss: Testing people in their native languages is crucial for measuring their hearing loss, even if they fluently speak another language, such as English, researchers say.
  • Brain Appears Hardwired for Some Aspects of Language: The understanding that language is hard-wired helps to explain why language is so constrained. For example, people blog, they don’t lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze.
  • Language Moves your Inner DancerThese were not the first researchers to find evidence in support of the theory of embodied simulation, the notion that we understand the meanings of words by activating the parts of our brains we use to interact with them. (E.g., I know what you mean when you say “e-mail,” the theory goes, because motor regions of the brain I use to place my fingers on a mouse, and to move my eyes across a screen, are activated when I hear the word.)
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Webnesday

On this Web-nesday, I’m linking to great posts by other speech pathology bloggers.