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Reading and Technology
The three lessons in this module focus on selected aspects of research-to-practice literature addressing technology-supported reading instruction and text comprehension. The information applies to learners from preschool through high school and focuses on learners with mild disabilities. The initial lesson lays a foundation of technology applications in word identification. The second lesson considers the research-to-practice literature in the area of text comprehension. The third lesson expands to the perspective of literacy and technology, explaining various methods that incorporate electronic book applications into literacy instruction.
Several themes provide continuity across these topics and lessons. One important theme that interconnects the three lessons includes the distinctions between "learning to read" and "reading to learn." Another underlying concept acknowledges the importance of individualizing instruction to the diverse learning needs of students through technology. Another set of issues under girding these lessons addresses research-based ways in which technology can be used as both an instructional and compensatory tools for learners who experience reading difficulties. The module also recommends Internet resources that can help teachers keep abreast of major advances in research, practice, software, and hardware in the areas of reading and technology.