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How to prevent empathy pains?

It feels like other people's emotional energy is causing me muscle soreness. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 25, 2014 - 20 answers

How important is emotional literacy to academic success?

Most of the academic textbooks I've read have had a drawn-out presentation style based on psychological observations as part of an effort to project a particular voice. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find a literacy charity

I need to donate money to a charity which has improving literacy as part of its mandate, and need to choose a charity. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Mar 17, 2014 - 7 answers

What if we don't need to read anymore? Futurist recommendations...

What fiction, non-fiction, or academic works on a "post-literate" world can you recommend? Has anyone written about a world where the most successful and powerful don't necessarily posses the ability to read or write as we know it? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)

My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 6, 2014 - 47 answers

Phonics-based "first reader" books in French?

I have a child starting grade 1 french immersion, and am looking for some (very) early reading books in French. Said progeny responded astonishingly well last year to a phonics-based early literacy series in English by Usborne (this one). Can anyone recommend an equivalent in French? Is phonics even a thing in French? [more inside]
posted by ~ on Sep 16, 2013 - 7 answers

I finally have a good idea of what I want to do! Now what?

I have been very slow when it comes to getting my career off of the ground. I've decided that I need to focus on what I can do right away to begin working in the field that I love. I want to help teenagers or adults with low literacy learn how to read. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Help make me literate like an engineer

So people like to name-drop authors and works that those who went to university and/or have a curiosity about the world should know as part of the basic vocabulary of being an educated Westerner. For example, "Kant" or "Dickensian", or "Gertrude Stein". I would like to learn this stuff, please. [more inside]
posted by grahamsletter on Mar 20, 2013 - 34 answers

Is there a really basic computer user test out there?

After having to show some production employees where the SHIFT key is and why you would use it, I'm starting to wonder if there's a test out there, preferably web-based and cheap or free, that would put a potential hire through some paces and test for speed and accuracy on doing basic tasks. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Achieving financial literacy

I want to find a person or class to help me understand basic tenants of financial literacy -- someone who can do everything from helping me create a basic household budet to helping me understand my taxes, retirement plan options, and what to do with my employer-granted stock. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Jan 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Everything about (first/bilingual) language acquisition

Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

Can kids spel?

Is there any evidence that literacy (particularly spelling) standards of attainment have dropped in recent times, in the Anglosphere? Looking for citable evidence only.
posted by wilful on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

It's hard to Google infographics

I'm looking for an infographic (?) about how lucky it is to have been born in the developed world. I remember a format similar to "If you are also literate, then you are already in the top x% of the world," with various characteristics substituted in for "literate." [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on May 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Helping students become computer literate?

Help high school students learn computers and improve their resumes-I am looking for a basic microsoft office certification that my organization could buy and administer to students. Preferably it would have the training and test included. I was searching on the microsoft website and its very confusing. Any ideas?
posted by tessalations999 on Jan 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Online IT training and literacy resources for beginners

One of our office cleaning staff asked me if there are easy ways to learn how to use a computer. This totally threw me - I've a ton of experience about self-paced programming, stats, GIS, etc. - but no clue what to suggest for actually getting to grips for the first time with Windows, safe web browsing and so on. Wrinkle - it has to be free, Windows 7-based, and online - this isn't a paradox, she can open IE and navigate to a webpage. [more inside]
posted by cromagnon on Nov 30, 2011 - 20 answers

adult literacy information

I have a friend in his mid 20s who has, I would guess, a 9th-grade literacy level. I'd like to help him bring that up a bit, so he is more successful in school (he just started at a community college taking business classes). I don't know where to begin! There's soooo much information on the net, I'm having a hard time processing it. Can you suggest a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 20, 2011 - 19 answers

help me make technology empowering

Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

What does "Financial Empowerment" mean to you?

What does "Financial Empowerment" mean to you? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Books for everyone?

Calling all library science, publishing, and education folks! Help me use my e-reader in an ethical manner by assisting me with the following question - does using an e-reader threaten the accessibility of the written word? [more inside]
posted by analog on Oct 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

I need a data visualization of poverty and literacy. Help!

How can I overlay global literacy and economic (poverty) data onto a map? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me get up to speed with current educational trends.

Teachers and other folks who work in the field of education: Where can I find out what’s currently popular/important in middle-school and high-school education? I’m looking for professional resources, trends, current education gurus—the kinds of things I’d find at Heinemann or at conventions like NCTE or IRA, but I’ve already been on the Heinemann site, and I can’t make it to conventions this year. [more inside]
posted by TEA on Sep 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Magazine cover concept help: financial literacy + disability

Magazine cover design meeting in 3 hours and I'm stuck. We're a cross-disability magazine and the next theme is roughly "asset building and financial literacy". Our message: not as scary as it sounds. [more inside]
posted by sambiamb on Sep 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Books/theories for early childhood teachers

Anyone have recommendations for books/websites to help an MSW professional translate an early literacy project into M.Ed language? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

What software programs would you recommend for a literacy student new to a computer?

I am preparing an older computer (XP home) for my literacy student. She is 72 years old and has never used a computer. Before I take the computer to her house, I would like to download some programs onto it. I am looking for programs that teach typing, mouse skills, reading, even math, history, etc. She will not be offended if the program is geared toward children. [more inside]
posted by Original 1928 Flavor on Feb 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Lexile numbers

How can I determine Lexile or grade reading levels for juvenile nonfiction items that are out of print? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Paper pushing en espanol

What online tutorials or books are best for learning literacy only in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by nameleech on Jul 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Adult literacy materials?

What books could you recommend that might help a slightly mentally challenged adult start learning to read? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Jan 15, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I help an adult with LDs find an expert tutor?

I need help finding free expert literacy tutoring for an LD adult learner in Charlotte, NC, or a grant source for an adult learning center there. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jan 13, 2009 - 4 answers

At-home literacy and spelling help for seniors?

One of my neighbours has asked me for some advice and I'm pretty dumbfounded. A senior (~80yo) that she knows has said that he'd like to learn to write and spell, but she has no clue where to start. So, what resources are out there that could be of help? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Dec 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Please recommend books on infant mortality rates in Peru

Please help me find a present for my sister's 30th birthday. She's asked for book(s) on certain topics that she's interested in, but I have no idea about these particular genre's. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I get the Islamic equivalent of Jewish Literacy?

Where can I get the Islamic equivalent of Jewish Literacy? [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jul 30, 2008 - 8 answers

How common is familiartity with .ZIP archives?

Is it safe to assume that anyone professionally employed in a computer-using job (secretary, assistant, ect.) is familiar with ZIP archives? What about the public at large? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Jun 18, 2008 - 29 answers

Book learnin'

What are the social benefits of public libraries (and literacy)? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Aug 1, 2007 - 26 answers

How can I learn to recognise more languages?

How can I learn to recognise more languages? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Apr 12, 2007 - 20 answers

Puppets no can read good?

I need help writing a puppet show to teach the importance of literacy to kids k-5. [more inside]
posted by magikker on Apr 4, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me find people with l33t s|

I need to find a basic computer literacy/skills test to download. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten on Oct 17, 2006 - 4 answers

Best ICT literacy workshops and tech support models.

Where can I find the best, proven basic ICT/Internet literacy workshops? Where can I find the best, proven models for providing limited technical support over the phone and via email? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 5, 2006 - 1 answer

Unique fundraiser?

Help me come up with fundraising ideas for my local chapter of Literacy Action. [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Sep 19, 2006 - 14 answers

What does that say?

Help me help someone with literacy problems. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Mar 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Is listening to an audio-book less intellectually stimulating than reading the same book?

Is listening to an audio-book less intellectually stimulating than reading the same book, especially in terms of literacy and increasing vocabulary?
posted by nthdegx on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

Financial Literacy and Games

I am interested in teaching personal financial literacy (insurance, savings, credit cards, FICO scores) through games. I heard about this from Well's Fargo, but I was hoping for something more compelling. Does anyone know of any good financial literacy games out there? Does anyone have any good ideas for one?
posted by blahblahblah on Oct 25, 2005 - 6 answers

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