Reading to dogs improves attitudes towards reading in kids

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers have found that reading to dogs can help improve attitudes towards reading. In a study where second-grade students read aloud to dogs in an after-school program, those students showed an improved attitude towards academic reading. The research supports the benefit of animal-assisted reading programs in schools, and could lead to future development of reading programs that include dogs. The study, conducted by researchers at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University, aimed to find out if animal-assisted intervention in the form of reading aloud to dogs in a classroom setting could contribute to improved skills and attitudes. 'Previous studies have evaluated the impact of therapy dogs in children's literacy programs outside of the academic setting, including our previous research evaluating children reading to dogs in a library program,' said Dr Deborah Linder, a research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts and the corresponding author of the study.


This Pi Day, Calculate the Value of Pi for Yourself

WIRED

It is once again Pi Day (March 14--which is like the first digits of pi: 3 and 14). Before getting into this year's celebration of pi, let me just summarize some of the most important things about this awesome number. But today, I am going to calculate pi with a numerical integral. What does that even mean? Let me start with an example--how do you find the area of a half-circle?


Number plate reading software leverages deep-learning

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The base of the VECID deep-learning algorithms is the TensorFlow open source framework and library where the models are trained. The pre-trained networks can be used to classify the image data. EyeVision provides standard networks for applications such as Number Plate Reading (NPR), Optical Character Recognition and Make & Model identification. Much more powerful than the usual OCR tool alone, VECID deep learning is not susceptible to distortion, reflections or partial over- as well as underexposure. Through flexible hardware support with the EVOS (EyeVision Operating System), it can run on x86, embedded ARM, Windows and Linux platforms.


Students feel most concentrated when reading print books

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print? For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving or compromising education is a question of concern. With the surge in popularity of e-books, online learning and open educational resources, investigators have been trying to determine whether students do as well when reading an assigned text on a digital screen as on paper. The answer to the question, however, needs far more than a yes-no response. In my research, I have compared the ways in which we read in print and onscreen.


Over 80% off Essential Speed Reading Bundle - Deal Alert

PCWorld

You know that stack of books you've been meaning to tackle, but thought you never had the time? The Essential Speed Reading Bundle comes with a 3-year subscription to Spreeder and 7 Speed Reading EX, two tools proven to boost reading speeds. Spreeder is a rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) e-reader that presents any digital text at a natural speed that reduces eye movement and increases comprehension. Meanwhile, 7 Speed Reading EX is a speed reading software that trains you to read up to 3.417 times faster through video tutorials and comprehension exercises. Retailing for 146.95, the Essential Speed Reading Bundle is available on sale for 19, almost 90% off its original price.