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To continue our quest for naturally acquired literacy, we have an app for the Amazon Fire Tablet, currently called explore my world: learn to read, which encourages your toddler and preschool child to learn to read by engaging their curiosity about their surrounding world.

Dom created an easier version of Kid Klok, called Kid Klok Easy. Keeping the hour hand on the hour number is a good bridge to learning the standard clock in which the hour hand moves continuously during the hour. This Easy version provides a first experience of success, which then allows the child to graduate to the standard Kid Klok.

Dom’s research on the importance of reading to your children was highlighted in a valuable article, Reading to Your Baby or Toddler, by Jessica Williams

News on Dom’s paper Two Different Communication Genres and Implications for
Vocabulary Development and Learning to Read http://edsource.org/2015/study-says-reading-aloud-to-children-more-than-talking-builds-literacy/82045
.Also published in the Huffington Post.

Dom received a United States Patent: Dominic William Massaro. Method And System For Acquisition Of Literacy. Patent Number U.S. 9,028,0255 B2. Date May 12, 2015.

Our idea of using RSVP reading, in which words are presented at a single location one after the other, is now being used in applications by Spritz..

To reach a wider audience, KidKlok and Baldi are now on Android. Check them out in the Play Store for KidKlok and for Baldi.

To celebrate Independence Day, iBaldiMandarin is available. Take a look of how accurately he and Baldette speak Mandarin. You can also have an inside view to see how the tongue moves for different difficult speech segments. You can get the app here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id663961788?mt=8

We now have Spanish and Arabic versions of iBaldi. Check them out in the Apple app store.

Here is the Little Bo Peep book for an example of formatting a book for the app Read My Books.

We are currently carrying out research at the ACR Academy in Santa Cruz on Naturally Acquired Literacy. See a recent memo to the parents of the children.

Dom is currently teaching Psychology 134: Technology Assisted Reading Acquisition.

Dom is planning to teach a course on Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally on Coursera.

Dom gave a talk on 26 March, 2013 at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California. See the talk on youtube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBGW-HssVs&list=PL8D7D9198B2332004&index=6

Dom gave a talk at University of California, Berkeley, on March 15, 2013, entitled Technology Assisted Reading (TARA): Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.

Dom gave a talk at Florida Atlantic University on February 28, 2013, entitled Technology Assisted Reading: Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.

Dom gave a paper and a workshop on February 18-20, 2013 presented to the1st International Conference on Technology for Helping People with Special Needs (ICTHP-2013). Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dom applied for #IfIHadGlass, children could acquire reading like speech – naturally, without instruction, by immersion in written language associated with their experience. https://plus.google.com/112163451328641018913/posts/g6gTc5nGKie

Dom gave a talk at google on December 19, 2012. The talk is now on youtube, and called Technology Assisted Reading: Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.

Dom’s interview with Zina Jawadi, a high school junior from Los Altos. November 19, 2012

Dom applied for a USA patent. November 5, 2012. Method And System For Representing Capitalization Of Letters While Preserving Their Category Similarity To Lowercase Letters. Patent Application Number 13/669,522, November 6. 2012.

Dom’s ideas about acquiring literacy naturally were discussed in Pacific Standard Magazinel Infant Intelligentsia: Can Babies Learn to Read? And Should They?

Dom gave a talk at the Machine Learning Summer School  on July 17th at 5:15 pm at the Stevenson Event Center, Stevenson College, University of California at Santa Cruz

See the New York Times article on Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case, which can be used with very young children as they learn to read naturally with our Read With Me! and Read What I Say applications.

Read our recent description of how a child might learn to read naturally. Massaro, D. W. (2012). Acquiring Literacy Naturally. American Scientist, 100, 324-333.

Listen to Paul Verschure interview Dom on acquiring literacy naturally.

Dom participated in the summer school Barcelona Cognition, Brain, and Technology, BCBT11. His talk, Technology Assisted Reading Acquisition (TARA): Acquiring Literacy Naturally is available here.

Dom applied for a U. S Patent Massaro, D. W. (2011a). Method And System For Acquisition Of Literacy. Patent Application Number 13/253,335, October 5, 2011.

Dom gave talk in the Emeritus Lecture Series at UCSC. Universal Literacy: The Digital Age Engages the Learning Brain in the Music Recital Hall, Nov 3, 2010.

 

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