Questions to consider:
How is your school providing reading instruction to students who are reading below their grade levels? ESL students? Special Needs Students?
How can technology integration enhance your reading instruction?
What obstacles may you encounter when trying to integrate technology into your reading instruction?
Please watch the videos and read through the information provided throughout the presentation and post your thoughts to answer these questions in the discussion board. Please also feel free to comment with any ideas or knowledge you have on this topic. Happy learning!
Buzzwords in education are constantly changing. The newest fad focuses on 21st century skills, but according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading scores in 2015 showed little or no growth. Some feel this is a result of the hesitation shown by teachers to incorporate technology into the the learning environment.
Students today are surrounded by technology. It is entwined in almost every aspect of their lives. It has changed the way they socialize, work, shop, and some feel that it has changed the way they learn. So it only makes sense that it has changed the way they read. Many experts believe that technology may hold the answer to the cognitive reading deficiencies that plague our students. These technologies, that until now were too expensive or not readily available, allow teachers to differentiate based on the needs of the student. Although technology that teaches reading is in its early stages of development, recognizing it as an important learning tool is a must in order to produce 21st century literate citizens.
Five Components of Reading
Although we think of reading as a one step process, reading involves an arrangement of cognitively integrated steps.
1. Phonemic Awareness is the ability recognize and manipulate the sounds in a language.
2.Phonics is the process of matching a sound to a letter
3.Fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy and correct intonation
4. Vocabulary supports reading comprehension
5. Text Comprehension
Students develop and learn in different ways. Each of the components listed above are interdependent. Students who don't understand the phonics of a language are not going to be able to read fluently. Technology allows teachers to personalize learning according to the learners needs offering differentiated scaffolds.