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K-12 Professionals

Technology Applications for Teaching & Supporting the Struggling Reader

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenters: Ted Hasselbring & Margaret Bausch}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $145

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Too many students are entering middle and high schools with deficits in literacy skills that prevent them from participating in grade-level learning. Students with low-literacy skills quickly fall into a cycle of failure, often resulting in dropping out of school. This need not be the case. Over the past forty years, research in the cognitive and neurological sciences has helped us to better understand how the human brain is restructured during the process of learning to read. In this course, Drs. Hasselbring and Bausch discuss how to leverage this knowledge to facilitate the use of technology to enhance literacy instruction for all readers, and especially struggling readers. They provide specific examples of technology that teaches and supports literacy skills. The course is enhanced by screen shots, product walkthroughs, interviews, and footage of students at computers and in classrooms. The course also includes a panel discussion among experts in the field.


After completing this course, educators will know:
• How the brain learns to read
• How the brain’s memory systems work
• What basic skills all readers need to learn and in what sequence
• Technological tools to assist struggling readers
• Methods to assist reading comprehension


• Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.  NOTE:  Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

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