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Microsoft Research Developing Classroom Technology To Assess Children’s Reading Ability

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Microsoft Research is developing technology which may end up in the next version Microsoft’s classroom software. In a recent publication, Microsoft Research describes an AI-driven system which could help teachers automatically assess reading performance for students, saving them time and allowing more individual attention to students who need it the most. Their research paper, “Automatic Evaluation of Children Reading Aloud on Sentences and Pseudo words,” automatically predicts the overall reading aloud ability of primary school children (6-10 years old), based on the reading of sentences and pseudo words.

 

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Four Year old Has Read A Thousand Books

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A 4-year-old Georgia girl with a voracious appetite for reading was given a chance to be “Librarian For the Day” at the Library of Congress this week. Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Ga., has read more than 1,000 books, the Gainesville Times reports .

On Wednesday, Daliyah visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was named “Librarian For The Day.The four-year-old roamed the hallways with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who tweeted photos of Daliyah sitting in her desk.Daliyah’s mother told the the Gainesville Times, that her daughter joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” almost two years ago and started paving her way through books.

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Most Popular Books To Read

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Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (Harper)

2. “What Pet Should I get” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

3. “Paper Towns” by John Green (Speak)

4. “Grey” by E.L. James (Vintage)

5. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

6. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (Harper)

7. “Thrill Me” by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)

8. “Siren’s Call” by Jayne Castle (Penguin)

9. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed)

10. “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

11. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

12. “The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel” by Melissa de la Cruz (Disney-Hyperion)

13. “The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown)

14. “Never Die Alone” by Lisa Jackson (Kensington/Zebra)

15. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

16. “Code of Conduct” by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

17. “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Ward (Penguin)

18. “Badlands” by C.J. Box (Minotaur)

19. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press)

20. “The English Spy” by Daniel Silva (Harper)

21. “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster)

22. “Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)

23. “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)

24. “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn (Broadway Books)

25. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

26. Mean Streak

Children Reading More On Screen Than Print

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Today children are reading more on computers and electronic devices than in print. However,studies reveal  those who read daily on screen are less likely to be strong readers than those who read regularly in print.

According to research from the National Literacy Trust, sponsored by Slaughter & May, 39% of children and young people read on electronic devices daily, whereas only 28% read printed materials on a daily basis. The number of children reading e-books has doubled in the last two years from 6% to 12%.

Children surveyed also showed a preference to reading on a screen: 52% said they would rather read on electronic devices; just under a third of respondents (32%), said they preferred to read in print. Of the two sexes, girls are much more likely than boys to read in print, with 68% of girls reading in print compared to 54% of boys. Tablets proved to be the device most commonly used for reading fiction; 36% of respondents who have a tablet read fiction on it, with 30% reading fiction on their computer, and 23% reading fiction on their smartphones.

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