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Olivet Castillo

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reading technology classroom

started by Olivet Castillo on 01 Mar 12
  • Olivet Castillo
    "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Richard Steele
    "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller
    "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Harry S. Truman

    As far as I can remember, I have always loved reading and my goal each year as a teacher, is to have more students, each year, gain a passion for reading. I have always believed that if a student is a great reader, he/she can be successful in all content areas.
    I have always taught my students to be active readers by making inferences, underlining, making personal connections, re-reading using their pencil and paper with the passage. I want to be able to find more ways to integrate reading and technology. So far, I have been successful by using Diigo, uploading text passages and uploading reading activities to their Edmodo account.
    Tell me your thoughts on this topic plus tell me any additional resources you have used in your own classroom.
  • Adriana G Hernandez
    I have been out of the classroom for a while, so I decided to research the topic. I found this great article in EBSCO, "Using Technology to Support Expository Reading and Writing in Science Classes". It discusses the text structures in expository text such as cause and effect and problem/solution. Then the author wrote 2 examples of how you can use a "sentence completion task" to help students organize their thoughts after they read. One way is to use Word to create the task and another is to create a webpage. Since you use Edmodo, it could be something you create and post on there. Another option is to use Wix, the website creator I used to create the Online Book Request Form, to create the task. If you read the article and you want to plan something out, just let me know. The link to the article is below. (Anyone can access it, you just need to get the username and password for EBSCO from your librarian.)

    Montelongo, J. J. (2010). Using Technology to Support Expository Reading and Writing in Science Classes. Science Activities, 47(3), 89-102.
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  • Elva Mendoza
    Their is a lot of valuble resources on the web connecting reading with technology. I found this great website that provides the knowledge, experience, resources and sources to conduct a reader's theatre workshop in your classroom. I u sed reader's theatre during summer school and my students were so excited to present their skits. My students used sock puppets, live acting, and shadow puppets.

    The following websites contains web activites dealing with phonemes, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, motivation, and author's online.
  • Pedro Torres
    Reading Comprehension can be learned in many ways and most of the students understand it quite well but Higher Order Thinking in reading is so much harder to acquire. I believe that by using technology we can help students acquire that Higher Order Thinking and Rigor that is required of them from the new STAAR. In the article "Using a technology-enriched environment to improve higher-order thinking skills" (Hopson, Simms, and Knezek 2001) we learn that today's learners learn more from interaction with material. Using computers gives the learner the opportunity to interact just like we are doing right now. Technology helps learners construct knowledge and technology stimulates students to test hypotheses and not just reading data. I have been using Glogster in my class to help students expand their knowlege in Social Studies. I teach my lesson on Modays and Tuesdays then students create a glogster about the subject and they create links to web pages that elaborate about their topic.
    Hopson, Michael H.; Simms, Richard L.; Knezek, Gerald A. (December 2001). Using a Technology-Enriched Environment to Improve Higher-Order Thinking Skills. Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
  • janie martinez
    I share your enthusiasm about reading. I was a LEP students so reading helped me develop my vocabulary in English and took me to places beyond my imagination. Although I teach math and science, I do promote reading by reading literature to introduce vocabulary and concepts to my students. I like the ideas that you mentioned. My son has told me about E-Books and I googled it. I found this this site that I used for math
    Maybe this would be a good idea to get students more interested in reading. Also, promoting AR points in the classroom and celebrating when students meet their goal is another strategy I used to get students to read.
  • Paul Edward Mendiola
    My daughter goes to truman price elementary school and recently she was named today a reader tomorrow a leader in her campus. I was a proud parent. knowing my kid can read two levels above her grade level was such a joy. Since our kids are really good in technology, in fact my 1yr 11mo old boy knows how to unlock my ipad, I searched for apps that are for reading books electronically. There are numerous apps out there and not just for the ipad but for other ereaders as well such as kindle and other tablets from samsung and so on. I'm a math teacher in the HS and reading is still part of our challenge to our students. Most of them think that math don't involve much reading and just ignores the importance of it.
  • Itza Moses
    Something we've incorporated in our grade level is having our students create glogsters with information they have read. We've use it for different non fiction articles as well as for topics that they've read about in Social Studies class. Students actually want to read so that they are able to create a glogster and use the computer. This is a great tool to use in the classroom, although it's not free. I was fortunate enough to have my campus administrator reimburse me for the purchase of the license.
  • Lisandra Medina
    I recently received an Ipad for my students, they love it. I have downloaded applications for them that include reading. I use Star fall, ibooks, lakeshore learning. I have seen progress in my students they usually have a hard time using a mouse and a pc due to the fact the they are hard for them to manipulate. Since the students have had the ipad, I have seen them use the ipad properly and they have been able to manipulate it. The ibooks are really neat because the ones that I have brought for the students, they are able to click on the read to me button and it reads it to them. Sometimes I can hear them repeat a word or a sentence. I am very proud when I hear them. Needless to say I love the ipad for my students. I wish I could get some more ipads for them, since 10 students have to share 1 ipad!!!!
  • Corina Carmona
    Internet technologies may be a good way to teach computer literacy and content, but it may be easy for students to skim through information. In a traditional classroom lecture, the listener may only retain twenty percent of the lecture. When we have our students using online resources, can we be sure that they are thoroughly learning the content. Even in class our instructors reiterate thoroughly reading the materials, because they know we tend to skim the material and miss important information. More on the way we are learning now. We have a new category of learner rather than traditional, according to Dr. Michael Herbert, whom conducted a study of of content retention and course satisfaction at the college level. It is useful to note the five reasons why adult learners drop out of online learning programs: "poor design, failure to understand the new medium, lack of consideration for a variety of learning styles, lack of support systems and ignoring the self-selecting content need of learners." All of these reasons are the same reasons our students may struggle with internet technologies and online learning.

    Herbert, M. (2006, Winter). Staying the Course: A Study in Online Student Satisfaction and Retention. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from
  • Salina V
    Items that I have used for this is Google Docs. A co-worker and my self would work on tutorials and used this to incorporate technology in their reading. We learned that many kids prefer having their own computer where they can read from, instead of having a book in front of them. We would put their reading assignment on Google docs, convert it into a PDF file so they can't change anything, we learned that the hard way, and then had them use Wallwisher to read questions for the story, and then post their answer/discussion for it on there. I think this helped a lot in keeping the students interesting because being in ESL, it can be really hard to not only get these kids to want to read, but to understand what they are reading as well. We also allowed them to type in a word they didn't know into Google translator, this really helped a lot with the lower level students.

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