Technology and Teaching Children to Read

12 Oct

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Technology and Teaching Children to Read

The charts above provide a number of different ways we can utilize technology to improve our reading instruction.  There are no resources listed, but it provides a direction.  Perhaps even more importantly, it breaks down specific skills within each of the 5 areas or reading as recommended by the National Reading Panel.  There is nothing “mind bending”  or “game changing” listed in these charts, maybe just a good, solid reminder of all the things we do when we are teaching children to read.

Have a great day!


2 Responses to “Technology and Teaching Children to Read”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe October 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I felt the article could have done a better job sharing websites for specific target areas. I have found a few that I would like to share. Mrs. Whittum’s in her blog has a wonderful site with stories read by the actor’s guild: Reading Rainbow also has excellent stories and some old programs are on You tube. is an excellent resource to help children practice high frequency words, and letters of the alphabet with some vocabulary. It also has short stories.

  2. Mary Lou Donahoe October 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    It is a proven fact that all children learn best when they are presented with meaningful and authentic learning experiences. It is particularly important for the ESL students. I have found that technology can help in that goal. The audio and visual cues of a digital story make the material more authentic for the students. Visual scaffolding can be used effectively to expand the children’s understanding of a given topic. When introducing key vocabulary and concepts during a pre-teaching session using visuals helps the students become familiar with the vocabulary and concepts. On-line dictionaries are a powerful tool, as the students can look-up their words and listen to the word as well. I just recently observed children as young as 3 yrs old learning from i-pods, i-pads and computers, therefore technology in the classroom is a natural expansion of their daily life experiences. The article as you very well point out Drew, is not “game changing” but it offers important data and recommendations.

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