2003 Conference Proceedings

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Suzanne Feit
IntelliTools, Inc.
729 Anson St.
Simi Valley, CA 95403
Day Phone: 805 581 1784
Fax: 805 520 0582
Email: sfeit@intellitools.com

Objectives of the Session

Content to Be Presented

In this presentation we will share how multimedia technology has successfully assisted struggling beginning readers build their literacy skills in an engaging and motivating way.

Technology integration will include:

Talking word processor: IntelliTalk II, which is designed for creating computer versions of any curriculum activity. Teachers can modify activities for students with learning disabilities, English language learners, or any student struggling with reading or writing.

Multimedia drawing and authoring program: IntelliPics Studio, which has been designed for teachers and students to create multimedia slide shows, reports, presentations, games, and curriculum-based activities. Younger students can use it to color, paint, and draw. Older students can use it to create powerful and sophisticated reports showing digital photos, graphics and links to the Internet. Teachers can use it to create engaging interactive activities with animation, movies, games, quizzes, and add their own pictures and sound.

Extension activities developed in word processor and multimedia authoring program: ReadyMade Curriculum Activities, which include Primary Writing and Primary Literacy for K-2 level beginning readers.

Internet access to correlating standards documents (for their teachers).

Recent research demonstrates that technology is being integrated successfully for beginning readers. In this presentation, we will share year-long studies of classrooms that are combining a variety of technology resources to support the literacy development of their students.

We will show how a talking word processor and multimedia drawing and authoring program are being used to create activities that support existing reading/language arts curriculum. These same tools are also coordinated with an existing supplementary first grade reading software program, Balanced Literacy.

We will present the staff development resources that were used to prepare classroom teachers to integrate these technology assets effectively, including sample lesson plans, tutorials, access to online correlation with state and national curriculum standards.

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