Connecting Reading Instruction and Technology

Many educators view the Internet and multimedia technology as factors contributing to a reduction in the amount of time children are engaged in reading books.  Teaching in the Information Age requires that educators modify their view and transform their instructional practices to utilize technology’s power to improve the reading ability of students.  Today’s students need to be guided in developing the ability to make use of the Internet and multimedia technology to increase critical literacy skills. Inquiry-based instruction in a collaborative classroom environment helps teachers to do just that.  Students are motivated to read not only to find answers to their questions about the world, but also to read for enjoyment. 

The National Reading Panel has identified five crucial components of reading instruction that must be delivered in an explicit and organized way.  The components of a balanced reading program are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension instruction. Reluctant readers may struggle in one or more of the crucial areas of reading or merely lack motivation to read.  Teaching with technology allows educators to better meet the needs of students with diverse abilities while at the same time increasing motivation of all students. Technology functions as a bridge to higher reading achievement by engaging students in learning that is relevant and meaningful.

Explore this website to discover online resources that can be used to meet the needs of learners in all areas of reading instruction.  For a 58-page teacher's guide to effective, research-based reading instruction, download a copy of Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read.

Contact: Diana Dell, Ed.S. (ddell@vp.k12.mo.us )