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Newsela and ReadWorks Online Reading Options for Adult Learners

Hi Everyone,

Our lives and teaching strategies have changed significantly over the past few weeks as COVID-19 has impacted us.  As adult educators, we are scrambling to provide online access for our students who want to continue to learn during the pandemic.

The LINCS Integrating Technology group has a robust discussion about resources for moving instruction online. 

Speech recognition, anyone?

   Last week a developmental reading instructor popped down to my office bemoaning the fact that "none of my students can type!"   We talked about free online typing improvement sites but also speech recognition, and a quick perusal netted me this from the Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology   It's in some weird online format but you can download it as a PDF.   

Does your adult literacy program host a community read? Do adult learners participate in improvisation, writing and performance projects?

Hello reading and writing colleagues,

I am fascinated by the Redlands California Adult Literacy Program's choosing Seedfolks by award-winning author Paul Fleischman as its community read this year, and by its hosting a free performance of the book. (I wish I could be there to see the performance!)

Journal Article: Using paper scrolls to teach reading and writing in higher education classrooms

I would like to share with you a case study, just published, in which graduate students at London Metropolitan University were introduced to the idea of using paper scrolls to address the academic reading needs of non-traditional, international, and learning disabled students. They found this simple, ancient book format to be more welcoming, accessible, and collaborative than the codex (bound book); they found that it provides for a better dialogic encounter with reading.  

What is writing? Is writing dead? Should we call people writers who cannot hold a pen or type? What kinds of writing should we teach?

Hello writing colleagues,

Paul Jurmo called to my attention this New York Times article, "From Clay Tablets to Smartphones: 5,000 Years of Writing" and I thought it might interest you.

K-1 Phonetics-First Writing and Reading with Truespel and Beyond

It has been found that children make up their own phonetics in order to write, and those that do are among the best readers.  Now it is possible to use truespel phonetics for initial writing and reading to enhance phonemic awareness as well as making writing easy to do in regular letters phonetically.  There are many other uses, such as interventions, assessments, and ESL.  Truespel is free on the internet at and links to phonics because it's phonics based with many phonics studies to show frequency of spelling of the 40 US English phonemes.  See 

Free and Open Reading and Writing Resources!

Jeff Goumas has just posted a discussion, "Free & Open Resources for Academic, Employability, and 21st-Century Skills,"  providing information about an amazing set of materials in many disciplines, including Reading and Writing, which is right up our alley.

Writing phonetically helps learning to read - time for truespel

A Harvard study this year found that kindergarten students who tried to write using their own phonetic system were the best readers.  This shows that they crave a phonetic system which is modeled after traditional spelling as much as possible.  Truespel phonetics provides this system with one spelling for each of US English 40 phonemes adopting best choice phonics for the phonemes.  Truespel tutorials and a converter are free on the internet.  Learn about phoneme frequency in text also.  See .

TechSoup Storytelling and More

I've mentioned TechSoup here before. If you are a non-profit, you can get huge deals on all sorts of technology tools, from long lists of equipment and software to very useful webinars. Membership is free. Once you sign up, TechSoup checks your credentials, and you are good to go.

This week, TechsSoup is offering four seminars, two of which might be of interest to you writers out there or, perhaps, to your students.

Openings available for the online course--Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment: Writing

The LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center is offering a writing section of the TEAL Formative Assessment online course. There is no charge to take the course, but we ask that you commit to actively participating and successfully completing the course if you register for the course. You must have an active LINCS account for the LINCS Learning Portal. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL): Formative Assessment


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