Rudy, 2005. Computer-Based Reading Programs Heidi L. Rudy August 9, 2005 EDSP 765 Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rudy, 2005. Core elements to effective reading instruction: Phonological/ phonemic awareness Letter identification Phonics Fluency Vocabulary development
Computer-Based Reading Programs
Heidi L. Rudy
August 9, 2005
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
National Reading Panel
Overview of Reading Technology
CD-ROM & Internet-based training program to help at-risk students build oral language comprehension and other critical skills necessary for learning to read.
In March of 1997, after an extensive field trial with almost 500 children at 35 sites, the Company launched its first product. Later that year, a second field trial, with almost 500 students in 19 schools across the U.S., replicated earlier results, showing gains of 1-2 years in 4 to 8 weeks.
6 district-level studies completed indicating its effectiveness with ELL populations; effectiveness also demonstrated in 14 studies with students receiving special education services.
Solid experimental studies with random assignment to condition at both the clinical and school implementation levels. Found to be highly successful in improving prerequisite reading skills (phonemic awareness, auditory processing speed, phonological awareness, working memory, syntax, grammar, etc.) for “at-risk” students”. These skills only moderately correlate with success in reading at later stages.
Milken Family Foundation rating: “E - evidence, some research with majority of findings showing reading improvement” (www.mff.org/pubs/ME279.pdf).
FastForWord Language develops students’ listening accuracy, phonological awareness and language structures.
FastForWord Middle & High School targets students’ memory, attention, processing and sequencing in the context of key reading skills such as phonological fluency and language structures.
FastForWord Language to Reading focuses on sound-letter comprehension, phonological awareness, beginning word recognition and English language conventions.
FastForWord Language Basics is designed for children ages four to six years, building the basic skills necessary for language and reading development and prepares them for FastForWord Language.
FastForWord Language, FastForWord Middle & High School, & FastForWord Language to Reading products are $900 each. FastForWord to Reading Series is $500, and FastForWord Language Basics is $100.
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• Basic Reading: CA 67% pre-intervention – 100% post-intervention; nationwide 55% pre-intervention – 86% post-intervention.
• Central Unified Step School: 17 8th grade students (8 Hispanic, 8 low SES). Broad Reading 88 pre-intervention – 98 after 5 weeks – 103 after 10 weeks. Basic Reading 91 pre-intervention – 102 after 5 weeks – 107 after 10 weeks.
• Garcia ELL Program: 14 elementary students (11 Hispanic, 2 African American, 1 Caucasian). Basic Reading 80 pre-intervention – 82 after 5 weeks – 84 after 10 weeks – 92 after 1 year.
• Garcia Special Education Program: 11 students (6 Hispanics, 4 African Americans, 1 Caucasian). Broad Reading 75 pre-intervention – 76 after 5 weeks – 79 after 10 weeks – 88 after 1 year. Basic Reading 79 pre-intervention – 80 after 5 weeks – 83 after 10 weeks – 87 after 1 year.