D. McGuinness books now available as Kindle editions

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D. McGuinness books now available as Kindle editions

Post by Susan Godsland » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:25 pm

I suspect that many RRF'ers will have been lucky enough to receive the Amazon e-reader, Kindle, for Christmas.

I recommend the following superb non-fiction books to upload, both by Prof. Diane McGuinness:

Language Development and Learning to Read: The Scientific Study of How Language Development Affects Reading Skill

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Language-Develo ... 989&sr=1-5

Early Reading Instruction: What Science Really Tells Us about How to Teach Reading

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Early-Reading-I ... 418&sr=1-2

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Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:29 pm

A great development! :smile:

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Post by Susan Godsland » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:44 pm

Also available in Kindle format:

Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers by Anthony Pedriana

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leaving-Johnny- ... 4&sr=1-271

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Post by Susan Godsland » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:25 pm

The Kindle e-reader is a new type of reading technology. It's early days yet but there are signs that it's taking off in a big way. As yet, there is nothing (except-see below) in the way of phonic readers available as Kindle editions, but I'm starting to see requests on various message boards for reading scheme books to be made available in this format.

Because there is no screen back-light, the Kindle reading experience is very similar to reading from a paper book, there's no glare so it's not at all tiring for the eyes. Addtionally, there is a facility to increase font size incrementally up to 'enormous' which could be very helpful for struggling readers who often feel anxious when faced with pages of text printed in a small font size.

Kindles don't have colour so all illustrations appear in B/W; certainly a disincentive to produce Kindle reading scheme books with over elaborate and extensive illustrations as textual cues, but fine for decodable readers.

A quick search on Amazon, in the Kindle subgroup 'Reading', brings up these very basic phonic readers and nothing else:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?_encoding=UTF ... ty%20Crowe

Hint, hint for those RRF'ers involved in decodable text production ;-)

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Post by geraldinecarter » Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:46 pm

Thanks, Susan. We've talked about these on the BRI board but haven't done anything yet. This might prod us in the right direction. g

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Post by JAC » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:46 pm

I put a BRI book on a kindle (I bought one for my daughter and she loves it)but I could not see much benefit to a child except novelty.
As I heard Philip Adams say at the Perth Writers Festival, one of the reasons he likes books is the batteries never run out. :smile:

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Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:03 pm

To Miss with Love by Katharine Birbalsingh now available as a Kindle edition -more expensive than the paperback though :mad:

It was R4's Book of the Week recently -great listening!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Miss-with-Lo ... 690&sr=1-1

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Post by Susan Godsland » Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:33 pm

If you're interested, snap this FREE Kindle book up whilst you can -I suspect it'll revert to full price very quickly:

Brains: How They Seem to Work by Dale Purves

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003 ... d_asin_lnk

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For 50 years, the world’s most brilliant neuroscientists have struggled to understand how human brains really work. Today, says Dale Purves, the dominant research agenda may have taken us as far as it can—and neuroscientists may be approaching a paradigm shift.

In this highly personal book, Purves reveals how we got to this point and offers his notion of where neuroscience may be headed next. Purves guides you through a half-century of the most influential ideas in neuroscience and introduces the extraordinary scientists and physicians who created and tested them.

Purves offers a critical assessment of the paths that neuroscience research has taken, their successes and their limitations, and then introduces an alternative approach for thinking about brains. Building on new research on visual perception, he shows why common ideas about brain networks can’t be right and uncovers the factors that determine our subjective experience. The resulting insights offer a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

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Post by JAC » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:31 pm

Thanks, Susan :smile:

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Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:55 pm

Maizie has just flagged this book up on a different thread. It is available as a Kindle editon:

Eyes Before Ease: The Unsolved Mysteries and Secret Histories of Spelling

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eyes-Before-Eas ... 488&sr=1-1
Part guide to better spelling, part paean to an endangered art, Eyes Before Ease is filled with fascinating trivia, historical asides, astute personal observations, and good-natured humor about why spelling is still important--even with the advent of spellcheckers. Professor Larry Beason argues that spelling is more than just the correct arrangement of letters--it sheds light on the human experience itself. It lets us communicate with other people, it indicates (right or wrong) our intelligence, and also brings us together as a community.

Beason also explains why our particular spelling system is so difficult, how to become a better speller, and why you should never trust a cyborg for the correct spelling of a homophone.

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Post by Susan Godsland » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:44 am

This book, available as a Kindle edition, looks as though it might be an interesting read - to quote from the review on Amazon:
'Even before its publication is has become the must-read text for politicians in this country who are searching for a new prism through which to examine the apparently intractable challenges of social immobility, school drop-out rates, welfare dependency and crime....David Cameron and Ed Miliband are both meeting the author when comes to London later this month. Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister's strategy guru, has invited Brooks to hold a seminar at No.10. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, who picked up a copy on a recent trip to New York, is convinced that the book contains vital clues for turning around failing schools and social mobility.
The Social Animal: A Story of How Success Happens
David Brooks (Author)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Social-Animal-S ... V12T0I6NSM

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Post by JAC » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:20 am

Susan - I'm enjoying your recommendations on my kindle!

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Post by Susan Godsland » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:48 am

This book has just been recommended to me. A Kindle Edition is available.

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI): The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson
by John R. Hollingsworth and Silvia E. Ybarra

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Explicit-Direct ... 123&sr=1-1

Some of the techniques in this book (lolly sticks, individual white boards....) were shown being used in the TV programme, 'The Classroom Experiment', with Prof. Dylan Wiliam last year:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00txzwp

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Post by Susan Godsland » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:46 pm

A classic now available as a Kindle Edition.

Why Johnny Can't Read?: And What You Can Do About It
by Rudolf Flesch

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Johnny-Cant ... 63&sr=1-10

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Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:25 pm

Phil Beadle spoke at the RRF conference a few years ago -he's pro-SSP.

Kindle edition: How to Teach: The ultimate (and ultimately irreverent) look at what you should be doing in your classroom if you want to be the best teacher you can possibly be
by Phil Beadle

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Teach-ultim ... 2422031_18
Teaching is one of the most cognitively engaging, emotionally draining, and physically demanding occupations there is. In fact, it is such a complex job that one life-time is not enough to master it, which is what makes it such a wonderful career. No matter whether you are a beginning teacher or a 20-year veteran, one can always get better at it, and this book is a great resource for helping in that journey. Beginning teachers will find lots of useful advice about this incredibly hard job; practical, sure, but also realistic about what is achievable in typical classrooms. And even the grizzled classroom veteran will find something new, or at least a new way of looking at old things, here. And this book is funny. It is laugh-out-loud, embarass-yourself-in-public funny. Every teacher should read it (in private). --Professor Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director, Institute of Education, University of London

Shocking stories, fruity language, stand-up humour, gruesome anecdotes, and politically-incorrect hints -- Phil Beadle takes the 'horrible histories' approach to the how-to-teach manual. The result is a funny, informative, practical and realistic book overflowing with memorable, cut-out-and-keep, easy-to-follow tips. Reading this book will be a whole lot more fun than your first teaching practice - and more valuable too. Beadle is the wise, but mischievous, old lag in the corner of the staffroom - pull up a chair and wonder at his stories of survival. They could save your teaching career. --Mike Baker, BBC News/The Guardian

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