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Is listening to audio a useful piece of literacy education? Does it help students become better readers? Or is it simply a more passive way to consume content, a shortcut that eliminates the work and thus the intellectual exercise and reward of reading? Unsurprisingly, there is a wealth of available research that looks into this very question. Perhaps more surprisingly, it turns out that listening to stories builds literacy skills in most of the same ways reading them does.
School libraries are an invaluable resource to students and teachers alike, providing access to a universe of print and digital media and teaching students how to consume and use information responsibly. For all the good that libraries do in their schools, they are often chronically underfunded. Enter into the equation a new trend: crowdsourcing.
A study by Common Sense Media found that children ages eight and under spend more than two hours a day on screen media, with TV taking up 58 minutes, followed by mobile time with 48 minutes a day. The increasing availability of information and access to devices for young learners means it’s more important than ever that educators emphasize the importance of media literacy and digital citizenship in their classrooms. This includes encouraging students to think critically about the messages and