A Safety Web for Reading to Learn
Real-Time Literacy and Language Learning Support
Learning to read, improving how well you read, improving how well you learn the English language, and improving how well you ‘read to learn’ subject-content, are all much easier with the Safety Web for Reading to Learn.
Whenever you encounter a word you don’t know, just simply touch or click it. As soon as you do, a pop-up box appears that animates you through recognizing the word and, if you want, understanding what it means. There are only a few steps you have to learn.
|Steps for Recognizing Words:
#1. Always click or touch every word you don’t know. If the word has a lot of letters, the word will appear broken into smaller and more easily readable parts. For an example, click on the following word: segmented.
#2. Once the word pops up in the blue box, try to read it again. If you still don’t recognize the word, click it (click inside the blue box). Watch and listen to how the letters are spoken and change their looks. Try to read it again.
#3 If you still don’t recognize the word, click it again, watch, listen, and try again to recognize it. Watching and listening to the letters will help you figure out the word. Keep clicking the word and trying to read it until you recognize it.
|Steps for Understanding Words:
#1. Whenever you recognize a word but don’t know what it means, click the word to open the Safety Web Pop-up App (just like you would for a word you don’t recognize).
#2. Click on the WordExplore button in the Safety Web Pop-up App to open the Reference Panel.
#3. If English is your primary language, click on the Dictionary button to see the word’s definitions. If English is not your primary language, click on the Translator button to see translations in your language. Note: if the Translator is not set to your language, click on the Translator Menu button to select your language.
If this is your first experience of the Safety Web and you want to use it yourself click here to get started.
The Safety Web for Reading to Learn is one of a series of applications of “Interactive Orthography“, a new smart layer of orthography that is based on the research conducted by the Children of the Code Project. See “About” for more information on the Safety Web, the Magic Ladder (for teaching reading), how to use them, how to add the pop-up to your browser, and/or how to embed the pop-up component in your website. See “Main Library” to access learning to read content. The Magic Ladder, Interactive Orthography, and the Children of the Code Project are all the work of Learning Stewards.
1 – The PQ Pop-Up remains active for the text displayed in the Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Word Origins tabs of the Reference Panel. Click on any word in those tabs to have the PQ Pop-Up help you with decoding, pronunciation, and word recognition. Click on the Word Explore button in the Pop-Up to see that word’s reference panel results.