Tech Tools for Reading

Tech Tools for Teaching Reading is a series of in-services focusing on the effective integration of technology into the elementary reading and language arts curriculum and re-focuses the way we think about and teach literacy. This series of in-services will revolve around the use of technology to promote reading, writing, presenting, viewing, listening and speaking. All six modules in this series are correlated to the ARI strands of phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. An additional module focusing on both formative and summative assessment will be included. The influence of technologies will be discussed in order for educators to more effectively plan and scaffold learning activities for students. Examples of student work integrating technology into the curriculum will be shown. Available research on the use of technology in teaching and learning will be shared. Issues such as curriculum standards, classroom organization of technology resources, alternative delivery models, performance tasks, learning activities, and assessment of student work will be included in this series of in-services.

Staff Learning Goals

  • Understand the ways that technology changes our expectation of what an educated person must know and be able to do in order to effectively participate in society
  • Understand how the term “Multiple literacy’s” changes our traditional methods of “chalk talk”
  • Understand how technology can make teaching and learning pleasurable, relevant, and interesting
  • Learn how to extend existing print literacy instructional frameworks
  • Become familiar with effective methods of technology integration in reading and language arts
  • Recognize how the effective use of technology to teach reading can have a positive impact on assessment data

Structure of Modules
Technology Tools for Teaching Reading is divided into a series of 6 modules.....

  • Phonics
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Assessment
In each module teachers will be presented with a plethora of technology activities that can be used by both teachers and students to enhance the reading curriculum. Activities are arranged by literacy strand, however many of the activities lend themselves to several strands and can be used for a multitude of reasons. These module activities are by no means exhaustive. In fact, they are continually evolving, just as technology is. As new and different types of technology become available these activities will continue to change. Some of the activities were created by the author, some were created by Tammy Worchester and many activities came from the Internet.

Are you ready to begin your great adventure into the new world of reading? Hang onto your hat because we are going "to infinity and beyond."