Effects of using IPads or Tablets on Children’s Reading Comprehension

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Effects of using IPads or Tablets on Children’s Reading Comprehension Chapter 1: Introduction 1.1 Background of the study Reading is often difficult for high school students with special needs. Participation, motivation, and interest in independent reading are low. Reading is an important part of everyday life and is imperative to students’ success in school. Many high school students that struggle in reading do not enjoy it and even have negative associations with reading. Cultivating an interest in reading among grade school students is valuable. Providing students with a variety of options is one way to encourage independent reading. The ability to use technology as a means of…show more content…
This decoding is the basis of learning to read. The other major impairment is in reading comprehension. Students with an impairment in reading comprehension often can read fluently without difficulty, however are unable to understand what they have read. Reading comprehension involves accessing meanings of words and higher order thinking. Making inferences and self-monitoring are crucial skills needed for comprehending text (Snowling & Hulme, 2012). Numerous interventions have been implemented to help students with reading disorders achieve success in reading. Estevas and Whitten (2011) state that teachers are responsible for providing a variety of methods of instruction and intervention that are effective in remediating difficulties with reading. Assisted reading with audio recordings is mentioned as one such intervention that has been proven to be effective for students with reading disorders (Estevas & Whitten, 2011). Assisted reading occurs when students listen to an audio recording of fluent reading as they read along. Not only does this method help students increase fluency, it also allows older students access to grade level text. The authors suggest using assisted reading with audiobooks to increase the effectiveness of sustained silent reading time in the classroom. The research findings related to assisted reading show that this intervention improves reading fluency and promotes comprehension for struggling readers (Estevas & Whitten, 2011).
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