International Reading Association 2013


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Our presentation at the 58th annual meeting of the International Reading Association. Most of our students may be pre-readers, but an early start down the path to literacy pays off in the end!

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  • When young children execute pointing tasks with a mouse and target, they perform at levels below older children and adultsDifference between performance of children and adults large enough to warrant user interface interactions designed specifically for preschool children.
  • While it is becoming more accepted that literacy, simply put the ability to read and write to a competent level, begins well before formal schooling; it is only fairly recently that research has determined which particular skills are critical predictors of children’s success.
  • International Reading Association 2013

    1. 1. April 20, 2013Using Technology to SupportPre-ReadersCopyright 2013 All rights reserved.
    2. 2. What We’ll TalkAbout Today• What defines “new” technology?• How can technology be used in earlychildhood classrooms to Support Literacy?• What does current research show aboutoutcomes for children when using tech?• Common Pitfalls to technologyimplementations• Hatch Technology Solutions
    3. 3. Using Educational Technology toLiteracy and School ReadinessWe know:• Children are eager to learn.• How children learn.• The needed content for school readiness.• The results of three decades of research oneducational technology.
    4. 4. In all cases….young childrenhave to TOUCH the tech!
    5. 5. TouchScreen ComputersKey features of touchscreencomputers which fit well withuse with early learners:• Reduction of cognitiveburden and frustration thatcomes from using mouseand keyboard• Interactivity• Accessibility for all learners• When mobile, lots ofmovement
    6. 6. Touchscreen Computer Research• McManis & McManis (2012) found preschoolchildren made significant and practical gainson literacy and math.
    7. 7. TOPEL: Test of Preschool Literacy &Bracken School Readiness Assessment
    8. 8. Literacy – Research Foundation• Landmark study produced by NELP.• Used a meta-analyses approach.• Focused on the predictiverelationshipbetween skills measured inpreschool orkindergarten and• Conventional literacy outcomes forchildren learning to read.National Early Literacy Panel. (2008). Developing early literacy: Report of the NationalEarly Literacy Panel. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy.
    9. 9. NELP Literacy FindingsTo be school ready, young children must:• Be able to say most of the alphabet rapidly.• Be able to name objects rapidly.• Be able to write name or letters.• Be able to remember, detect and manipulatesounds (phonological awareness).
    10. 10. Common Technology Pitfalls• Technology for technology’s sake• Not tied to research findings• Developmentally inappropriate practices• Not adequately supporting teachers• Lack of alignment and integrationw/curriculum & standards-not scaffolded• No or weak evaluation of outcomes• Random apps mean randomlearning!