USING TECHNOLOGY TODEVELOP COMPREHENSIONSKILLS IN THE CONTENT AREAIRA Conference: Whitney Westfall
PROBLEM WITH READINGTODAYAccording to the International Reading Association (IRA),• Students read BUT do notunderstand• Little comprehensioninstruction given in theclassroom• Students need morestrategies to bemetacognitive readers& thinkers
A SOLUTIONAccording to the IRA,• Although comprehensionimproves through extensivereading, researchers haveconcluded thatcomprehension could improvemore if all readers were taughtto use the comprehensionstrategies that good readersuse
START COMPREHENDING:STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ACTIVELYREADING TEXT•The START framework can improvestudents’ reading-comprehensionachievement and instructionthrough the modeling andscaffolding of eightcomprehension strategies duringteacher read-aloud.
8 COMPREHENSIONSTRATEGIES OF START1. predicting/inferring2. visualizing3. making connections4. questioning5. determining main idea6. summarizing7. checking predictions8. making judgmentsart
BEFORE READING:PREDICTING• Blabberize How to make a blabber (with student examples) Example with “A Bad Case of the Stripes”• Glogster How to make a glogster Example with “Sniffy and Fluffy Have an Adventure”• Pinterest Resources http://pinterest.com/momma2c/predictions/ http://pinterest.com/12trey16/predicting/ http://pinterest.com/mbnickerson/predicting/
DURING READING: MAKINGCONNECTIONS/QUESTIONING• VoiceThreadExample of 5th grade students asking questions duringtheir Egyptian Unit. Students watched the createdcontent and asked questions about the information.Example of 2nd grade students making connections toinformation learned during their animal unit.Example of 1st grade students fall unit on apples. Here,students read their poems while it’s displayed onscreen.Example of 4th grade students explain their robots.Example of 3rd grade students using voice thread onmath facts.
AFTER READING:SUMMARIZING/CHECKING• FotobabbleHow to create a FotobabbleExample of a student using fotobabble to retell her story.Students from another class had to try to guess the storybased on the summary.• PolleverywhereCheck it
OTHER RESOURCES• Scoop It: tool is helpful for parents to have access tosites based on what is being taught in the classroom forsupport• Fodey: tool can be used during writers workshop at acenter or whole group with the newspaper generator• PhotoPeach: tool is great when going on observationwalks (create pictures w/captions)• Voki: tool can be used for children to tell aboutthemselves• Vocaroo: tool is helpful for recording to model fluencyor to share their writing in writing workshop