Tagged: reading

Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video - Guest Work

Guest Author May 04, 2021

Naomi S. Baron, American University   During the pandemic, many college professors abandoned assignments from printed textbooks and turned instead to digital texts or multimedia coursework. As a professor of linguistics, I have been studying how electronic communication compares to traditional print when it comes to learning. Is comprehension the same whether a person reads a text onscreen … Read More

Spacing of letters, not shape of letters, slightly increases reading speed of those with dyslexia - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 23, 2016

By Eva Marinus and Kevin Wheldall In 2008, a new font designed called “Dyslexie” was labelled “a breakthrough” by the media for reportedly being about to help increase the reading speed of those with dyslexia. It received media attention worldwide. Publishers even announced they were going to publish books in the font. This is despite … Read More

More winning science reading - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 15, 2013

I’d like to return to writing ‘proper’ posts, both for general readers and scientists. But there’s a lack of this thing called free time—I think it’s called that, I’ve forgotten—that’s getting in the way. Readers could try the winners of the inaugural Science Seeker Awards. Don’t ask me how 3 judges whittle down over 350 entries to … Read More

A Tufte Library - Pictures of Numbers

Mike Dickison Feb 01, 2013

To me, the most important books on presenting data graphics are by Edward Tufte. People who create charts as part of their job should keep one or more of them close by, and regularly reread them. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd ed. Edward R. Tufte Graphics Press, 2001 (orig. 1983) • ISBN: … Read More

On the bear trail, when push comes to shove – students are expendable - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 07, 2012

For a little mid-week light relief I’m giving you this humourous peek at counting bears in Canada that comes with a ‘cute alert’. The title comes from a line early in the video. It’s not that science-y, but it’s light relief - right? [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJRDpTUIrJI[/embed] I’m a computational biologist, stuck behind a desk. As a kid I … Read More