Write to Learn: Teachers and students discuss the benefits of using the computer program Write to Learn which was developed by the Pearson Education and Technology Company. The program provides immediate feedback to students and helps them improve their writing and reading comprehension skills. Its use provides advantages for both students and teachers.
Online Question Generation for Reading Comprehension: Hui-Chin Yeh of the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan discusses her study of an online question generation process that included organization, composition and peer assessment modules designed to enhance reading comprehension. Her results revealed that the use of the online modules significantly improved students’ reading comprehension.
Tune into Reading: A teacher discusses her resistance to a new program called Tune into Reading, specifically designed to improve reading comprehension. She describes her skepticism when she heard the kids singing but indicates that she later became a believer after seeing consistent growth in reading comprehension in students who used the program.
Kurzweil 3000: In this video a demonstration is given of how to use Kurzweil, a technology-based computer program designed as an intervention for students who need support in accessing the general curriculum. The program is an integrated “scan and read” software program that provides students with many features including a pop-up dictionary and narration.
Integrating Technology to Improve Students’ Comprehension: Mary Louise Baez, the National Training English as a Second Language Specialist for Cambridge University Press, discusses the integration of a variety of technology mediums such as classroom presentation software, online interactive activities, CD-ROM’s and Web 2.0 tools that can be used to improve students’ reading comprehension and production skills.