Reading Instruction and Technology!
Reading instruction and technology become partners in a child’s reading success.
Things that used to be done on paper can now be done with technology.
It is important to get students and parents ccomfortable with using technology in the learning environment.
Reading success begins early. It starts at birth with parents reading aloud to their children from interesting and inspiring books, talking and singing with their children to develop vocabulary and the sounds in language. All these activities provide brain development necessary for the reading journey ahead. Add in activities to target fine motor as well as gross motor development, spatial awareness, and memory to enhance the recipe for future reading success.
Reading is a ‘learned’ skill. We are not born with a ‘reading gene’. Reading is taught. What happens when a child enters school and reading instruction begins? Your child will be ‘assessed’ with age appropriate benchmarks for reading success. Your child will encounter standardized testing as well as informal assessment. Both are designed to guide your child’s reading journey.
Parents and teachers and other specialists need to ‘partner’ in this journey.
Why? Well, let’s take a quick look at a typical school day.
Who Has The time?
- Teachers are stretched to the limit under time and curriculum constraints each-and-every day as shown in this ‘typical schedule.’
- If your child struggles in reading who is going to have the time to help them one-on-one?
- How will you as a parent know they are struggling?
- Will you know in which areas of the reading process they are struggling?
- Most importantly, will you know how to help them or do you leave that up to the teacher alone?
Technology has a future for the learning environment. The United States ranks low in International measures for reading success. Too many of our students are unable to read and comprehend at grade level. Reading intervention should begin early for best results. Use of technology will continue to revolutionize the learning environment. Technology must join the team to partner with parents and teachers in a child’s journey to reading success!
Nuts About Reading™ is a pilot project that proposes the use of an online platform, with secure video conferencing, to identify grade level reading ability. It measures age appropriate benchmarks for the reading process that include: phoneme awareness; decoding/phonics/sight words; language processing; and passage reading/comprehension. Many important weaknesses can be identified early in grades 1 through 3, through informal assessment and suggestions for strengthening any weaknesses can be implemented and monitored for effectiveness. Reading success begins with reading assessment.
Research shows that a child who is not proficient in reading by the end of third grade is facing a challenging game of catch up! Q: Who can help? A: Parents with a home computer and internet access. Using technology and a secure video conferencing platform, where the child can see the screener, the screener can see the child to watch reading behaviors, and the documents needed for the child to see are placed on the screen, allows for identification of grade level reading ability! Parents can be present but they cannot coach their child’s responses. A summary of the results is sent to parents with any tips, hints, or suggestions, should they be indicated by the assessment. Safe, Convenient, and Confidential for parents and children.
Nuts About Reading™ is committed to assuring parents that the sessions with their child are secure and confidential. Mrs. Cetone, a Reading Specialist, has fingerprint clearance and substitute teacher certification. No information is shared beyond parents. This assessment does not replace your child’s teachers, standardized testing, nor is it a clinical diagnosis for placement purposes. It is designed to ‘supplement’ and act ‘in addition to’ the partnership of teachers, parents, and other professionals.
Email Mrs. C at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your child’s reading assessment now!