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May 23, 2011
myOn Reader. Using a format made popular by the movie rental company Netflix, the program encourages K-8 students to read by first assessing students’ reading ability and then surveying them on their interests. Based on this information, the program then creates a profile for each student and provides a recommended reading list of digital books, much the way Netflix suggests movies for its subscribers.In view of my own love of reading and the importance of reading skills for academic success, I’m excited about an online program that some school districts have implemented, called
Making the experience at once fun and educational, myOn Reader gives teachers (more…)
August 16, 2010
For every parent who wonders why his or her child hates reading, Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, educators at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, may have found the answer: choice. That’s right, giving students a choice of reading materials makes all the difference. And offering students free books, not only seals the deal, but also prevents the “summer slide” of decreased reading ability that educators often note, particularly in low-income students, after summer break.
Following two groups of randomly selected first- and second-grade students over the course of three years, (more…)
May 24, 2010
Do you remember an old public service commercial with the tag line, “Reading is Fundamental?” I was reminded of it recently by a wonderful reading program in Oakland, California, targeting at-risk children, and I was elated. Then I discovered, to my dismay, that our current dismal economy jeopardizes the program’s existence for the upcoming school year. So, the program’s sponsors, a non-profit group called Oakland Parents Literacy Project, may have to end their eight-year quest to raise reading ability in their school district. (more…)