(PD Title No. REA2451E)
eLearning Reading First: Supporting Early Reading Instruction with Technology
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Language Arts and Reading,Library Media
Grade(s): PreK,K,1,2,3
Hours: 30.00


Description:The Reading First initiative, as defined in the No Child Left Behind legislation, is based on the findings of the National Reading Panel. This workshop, co-developed by EDC and NEIRTEC (Northeast and the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium), one of ten regional technology in education consortia funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides a review of the five key areas in early reading instruction as defined by Reading First--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension--and explores how technology can best support reading instruction. The workshop also includes an introduction to DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a set of standardized measures of early literacy development. Workshop participants will review several software packages that can be used with early readers and develop strategies for integrating technology appropriately and effectively in early reading instruction.
Pre-requisites: This is a 6-week online course. Familiarity with computers, the Internet, and email is highly recommended. There are NO class meetings.
Objectives: This workshop will enable participants to:

1) become familiar with the National Reading Panel's report and the preliminary research available on integrating technology in early reading instruction
2) understand the five essential components of reading--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension--and the general technologies that can best support each component
3) become familiar with a widely used assessment tool as a measure of progress in early literacy development.
4) gain experience downloading and installing trial versions of early reading software.
5) gain experience evaluating early reading software for use in the classroom.
6) develop strategies for when to use technology to support early reading instruction