Technology can empower reading and writing of young learners. It is most effective when used to supplement the reading curricula. As educators we should consider technology tools as an extension of - not a substitute for - traditional literacy instruction in the classroom.

International Reading Association -

  • Research indicates that students who participate in learning activities using integrated learning systems such as with technology spend more time actively engaged in the learning tasks than their counterparts who are engaged in the same offline learning tasks in traditionally structured classrooms
(Worthen, VanDusen,& Sailor, 1994)

  • A consistent finding from investigations of reading curricula is that brief, but regular, computer based reading lessons can enhance reading achievement
(Reinking and Bridwell-Bowles, 1996)

  • There is considerable research that points to the postive effects of technology on children'slearning and development
(NAEYC, 1996)

  • The full potential of technology's tools is only realized, however, when they are used effectively and in ways that connect meaningfully to the ongoing curriculum of the classroom and support creativityand critical thinking.
(Bergen 2000)

Teacher Resources

Literacy & Technology Integration - Literacy topics, examples of learning literacy with technology, websites devoted to integrating technology, valuable resources.

Webquest Resource - A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

The CTELL Project: New Ways Technology Can Help Educate Tomorrow's Reading Teachers - Article from Reading Online. Reaserach on how technology effects the learning and teaching of literacy.

More Preschoolers Going Online

Student Resources

Cognitive Concepts - integrates technology with scientific prinicpals and reserach proven instructional methods that build fundamental reading skills. From the company that created Earobics.
PBS Kids - Timeless, interactive, literacy based, kids love it!
Lil' Fingers Storybooks - Aninmated storybooks
Choose Your Own Adventure - Which button students choose to click will determine the end of the story. Different each time.
Book Adventure - A free reading motivation program for K-8. 6,000 recommended titles, reading off line, earn points for their literacy success. Sponsered by Sylvan Learning Foundation.
Clifford Interactive Storybooks - Phonics fun for Early Readers from Scholastic
MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries - Online mysteries to read and solve.
Literacy Center Play and Learn - Literacy Center Education Network play and learn activities - abc's shapes, words, colors, numbers, writing and keyboarding.
Kidspace Story hour - Internet Public Library
Starfall - Based on research and educational research was created so that studnets can easily navigate and engages student's attention as the interact with computers and learn to read.
Book-Pop - Virtual literature
E-books for Young Readers - Teacher and student developed ebooks and print books for your classroom or home reading program. Each book is leveled.

Computer Environments for the Early Learner

  • To start with new or young learners, choose one or two of the easiest, basic programs or websites so that children may become familiar with the operation of the computer.

  • Do not lead students step by step at first. Let them explore with supervision.

  • Demonstrate, Model, and Guide basic features of programs and websites first.

  • Explore different software and websites with students. Monitor student choices and encourage new opportunities.

  • Encourage parent helpers who are tech savvy to assist your students in the classroom. Train parents who show interest in technology in your classroom.

  • Technology should not be "required" Make it a choice in the classroom used to reinforce and supplement skills taught in the classroom.

Software, Support, Reviews

SuperKids Educational Software Review
Children's Software Review
  • Select software that is age appropriate and that you have previewed first. Do not trust the catalogs or hear-say. You know your students best.
  • Young students should be able to take work to the computer and type it out, then listen as the computer reads it back. Examples : KidWorks Deluxe, Kidspiration, KIDPIX, Clicker 4, Ultimate Writing and Creativity Center
  • Determine how you want the software, ebooks, or internet resources used as a part of your reading curriculum.
  • Use this technology as a supplement and allow for variety
Suggested CDRoms -
    • Jump Start series
    • Bailey's Book House
    • School House Rock 1st and 2nd Grade
    • Curious George's ABC's
    • Sesame Street Reading Basics
    • Letterbugs
    • Scholastic Clifford Learning Activities
    • Living Books - various titles
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