, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 20-28

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A Breakthrough for Josh: How Use of an iPad Facilitated Reading Improvement

  • Barbara McClanahanAffiliated withSoutheastern Oklahoma State University
  • , Kristen WilliamsAffiliated withSoutheastern Oklahoma State University
  • , Ed KennedyAffiliated withGrandview Public School
  • , Susan TateAffiliated withSwink Public School, OK

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As part of a diagnosis and tutoring project in an elementary education reading course, a pre-service teacher was encouraged to use an iPad as the vehicle for intervention strategies with a fifth grade struggling reader with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The device not only helped the student focus attention, it facilitated his becoming much more metacognitive in his reading. Comparisons of pre- and post-assessments showed that the student had gained one year’s growth in reading within a sixweeks time period. The student also gained in confidence and sense of being in control of his learning. While generalizations to other struggling readers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder cannot be made, the success this student experienced suggests that the use of this device is worth serious consideration and research in similar contexts.


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