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Empowering Struggling Readers in
Grades 4-6 with Technology

Related Resources for Teachers

Presented by Julie Coiro
SERC, March 21, 2002

Related Resources for Teachers 

Dorothy Strickland, in her 1995 article "Reinventing our literacy programs: Books, basics, balance", points out that technology can help classroom teachers in these two ways:

  • access to technology (the Internet) increases literacy and content knowledge by making non-fiction articles available to you through searches; articles that are directly related to what you are are teaching provide a high-interest supplement to the textbook
  • access to technology can help you assign these articles to individual students at their reading level, so that all students are able to sustain interest in the subject and not become frustrated because of the difficulty in reading the textbook.
Online Resources
  • Reading Online is the premium resource for locating new information, articles, and resources for integrating technology into your literacy curriculum.  You can discuss issues online within the Electronic Classroom, New Literacies Webwatch and Online Communities.  Some good starting places for articles include
    • First, download Microsoft eReader for free.
    • Then visit Project Gutenberg to get access to many electronic texts (or create your own in Microsoft Word).  If you get your text from Project Gutenberg, highlight and copy all the text and paste it into a Microsoft Word document.
    • Then, download ReaderWorks which is a free software program that converts electronic files into Microsoft® Reader eBooks. 

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