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Sunday, December 3 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Incorporating Digital Learning in a Reading/English Classroom

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Do you have trouble building reading fluency, comprehension, and increasing reading rates? Struggle to motivate reluctant readers? Choosing high-interest texts? Providing structure for silent reading time? Helping students acquire new vocabulary? Do you want to bring technology into your reading or language arts class more regularly? Do you want to see measurable gains from your students? In my Reading and English classes, students become motivated learners by using an innovative curriculum of digital and nondigital resources built around the use of modern literature and invaluable online resources. With the use of the Reading Plus program in my Reading classes, students have increased their reading levels anywhere between one level and five levels! This program, along with the use of iMovie, Schoology, Kindles, and various apps on Chromebooks and iPads, helps to easily differentiate instruction while simultaneously building confidence in reluctant readers by seamlessly integrating technology with fictional and nonfiction texts. Technology is a tool used to bridge reading gaps and create new types of teacher-student interactions, not to replace good instruction with computers. Once struggling readers learn and develop the strategies needed to navigate through literature, they become empowered and open to many new adventures. Exposing these students to current texts through a variety of technology allows them to have more familiarity with the text, the class, and the appropriate use of various devices and programs. Most importantly, the access to, and consistent use of, digital resources allows students to build their skills and confidence to be successful in the class, in school, and in their futures. Reading and English class are the modes used to empower students to enhance the strengths they already possess. Let me show you how I guide my students back to the path of reading engagement!

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Mary Claire Pedagno

English Teacher, Spotswood High School
5th year English 9 and remedial reading teacher.

Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST