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Teaching reading with technology

  1. 1. Teaching Reading Using Technology
  2. 2. Integrating Technology Into a Reading Program By Shawna White May Slides 3-5 Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquy By Dave Nagel Slides 6-8 Technology Redefines Reading Diagnosis Instruction By Jessica Ellen Boice Slides 9-11 Conclusion and Summary By Pam Bless Slides 12-13
  3. 3. Integrating Technology Into a Reading Program By Shawna White May In today’s world teaching has become an even greater challenge. The classroom is larger with students from diverse backgrounds and different styles of learning. The need for technology in the classroom is even greater for these same reasons. Using technology in the class is more than keeping a grade book electronically. Technology should be in he hands of and used by students in the classroom. May is an instructional technology teacher believes since reading and technology are the two big key words in the education area, they could be combined into an excellent teaching tool. Some of the software she uses is Kidspiration, and Timeliner both make learning more fun for the students. Kidspiraton software is kid friendly and used to create story webs and other creative activities. Timeliner is used to create timelines and other sequencing projects. This is great for having the child reproduce a book on a timeline to see if they comprehend the order of events.
  4. 4. Integrating Technology Into a Reading Program By Shawna White May As far as hardware she incorporates Alphasmarts, which are wireless keyboards with a small screen for viewing what your are typing. When done with the project the Alphasmarts connect to any computer for uploading the work done. May also incorporates digital cameras so the students can use pictures to display an idea from the story. Research is reflecting that technology is integrated with literacy education is increasing the students’ ability to read. Alphasmarts Keyboard
  5. 5. Integrating Technology Into a Reading Program By Shawna White May May also makes a valid point when saying “literacy today is not just limited to books. Students with literacy issues will suffer far more consequences because reading words it a necessary skill in the world of technology. When using the world, wide web, word processing , and email. When teaching reading May uses a few methods . The first is she reads to the class as a group , the second is to divide in to small reading groups. After each reading the students must complete assignments to increase their understanding and measure their comprehension. With this being the dawning of technology it is more important that students are literate in both books and technology. Their success depends up on it.
  6. 6. Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquyby Dave Nagel Soliloquy Reading Assistant (SRA) is a program that is geared for grades 1-12, many adult remedial literacy programs are now using this great program. “SRA is a one on one, guided oral reading program that uses speech recognition technology to improve fluency and vocabulary.” This program has been used in various schools to achieve in a multitude of ways. In every case it has proven successful. Students use a microphone to read books into the computer. The SRA’s speech recognition is able to correct any mistakes on the part of the reader, and speaks the word correctly. The software is also able to give definitions of individual words. The software also records the lesson session for the teacher to review.
  7. 7. Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquyby Dave Nagel Laredo Independent School District of Texas has adopted using SRA for special education students district wide. The students use the program on average twenty minutes three times a week. Using this reading program had a good impact on the students’ achievements in reading. Laredo’s school district is ninety percent Spanish and many of the students had parents that could not speak English so they were unable to assist their children with reading at home. The SRA is able to correct their pronunciation and is increasing their fluency in English. Maybe most importantly they are starting to enjoy reading!
  8. 8. Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquyby Dave Nagel In the state of Alabama, Daphne Elementary School South has utilized the Reading Assistant with a variety of students. The students included some “mainstream” struggling readers, ELL students, and special education students. SRA was originally planned for special education students, but the school now has over 300 students utilizing the reading program. Rosemont Elementary in Florida, started using SAR with struggling readers in grades 4—6. After two months of using the program those students improved the reading scores. With the majority reaching the next level of literacy. Jacqueline Duester, a reading support teacher states “ We have used other programs without this level of success. Students love reading in the neutral environment.”
  9. 9. Technology Redefines Reading Diagnosis InstructionBy Je Technology ‘s presence in education is growing. Not only is it growing , but the ways we are using technology is growing. Using technology is allowing teachers to reshape the instructional methods which they use. In higher education technology is being used to post text and administer exams. Breaking ground technology is interactive simulated experience activities. These programs allow students to get a better grasp of what is really happening instead of just reading a text book.
  10. 10. Technology Redefines Reading Diagnosis InstructionBy Je At the University in Buffalo N.Y. (UB), graduate students studying to be reading specialists are put through a very rigorous program. The goal is for the students to master the art of assessment, evaluation , and remediation of reading problems. The skills and framework of this important task is taught in instructional units, but the UB takes it a lot farther. The Graduate School department of Education introduced a simulation program to assist in learning these diagnosis and remediation skills. The students use t he information and evaluation information of a real student. All information is put together to be accurate, but to protect the true identity of the child being studied. The program starts by a graduate student reviewing the information of 5 case studies.
  11. 11. Technology Redefines Reading Diagnosis InstructionBy Je After choosing one case the student is then taken to the child’s diagnostic options page. The diagnostic options vary from case to case. The diagnostic options will have the child's history with scores from various evaluations., and it will also have audio clips from the child reading and other orally collected work. Using this case study the grad student works to construct his evaluation of the child in his case. This is often the first time many have encountered students with reading problems. This method of educating graduate students in the reading specialist program allows them to work at their own pace, complete more case studies than before, and give them a more real idea of what they will face as teachers.
  12. 12. Summary and Conclusion The classroom of tomorrow is no longer going to serve the students of today! The blackboard must be assisted by the continual addition of technology. As we read in the articles students are learning better and teachers a learning to teach better all with the use of today’s technology. I was once told the classroom pictured here was the “graveyard” of education. This will no longer work
  13. 13. Summary and conclusion Teachers will need to be more versatile with their abilities to incorporate, computers, digital imaging, and other things like the Alphasmarts in to the classroom. Not only are children responding to this learning style , but the y will have to be literate with technology in the world they live in. However, that doesn’t mean the teacher sits at the desk and lets the computers be the teacher.. As May stated in her article “It means that the teacher is using numerous types of technology to enhance what the students are learning.” The teachers of today and tomorrow have a tall order to fill!
  14. 14. Boice, Jessica Ellen. Technology Redefines Reading Diagnosis Instruction. T.H.E. Journal, November 2000, http://www.thejournal.com/articles/15116_1. May, Shawna White. Integrating Technology Into a Reading Program, T.H.E. Journal, 3/1/2003, http://www.thejournal.com/articles/16301 Nagel,Dave., Schools Help Struggling Readers with Soliloquy, T.H.E. Journal, 5/17/2007, http://www.thejournal.com/articles/20675 References

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