Leona Bunting, University of Gothenburg As spring term started here in Sweden, we needed to recruit some new schools for the evaluation. Most of the schools we had begun the evaluation with had already had the iRead apps for a year and were ready to return the tablets. But how to go about the recruiting … Continue reading Using social media to recruit schools
Supporting Learning at Home and in School In this term's newsletter we share how our team have all been finding different ways to continue our pilot studies despite the on-going disruptions in schools across Europe. We describe some exciting new developments in how our partner teachers will be able to interact with the Navigo game data. We also … Continue reading iRead Project News – Issue 12
A well-known supportive strategy with struggling readers is to highlight specific phonemes (parts of a word) within a text by colour-coding them. Specialist teachers do this all the time: using a coloured pencil they may circle tricky vowel combinations on a piece of paper. Coloured letters can help in developing accuracy and fluency, foundational skills in reading. An accurate and fluent reader is someone who can read a text without the need to stop creating a “bridge” between the words and comprehension. However, the effectiveness of this common pedagogical … Continue reading Why Studying Children’s Responses to Colour-Coded Letters on E-Readers Really Matters?
Learning and adapting to a new way of working In this term's newsletter we share how the iRead project partners have been adapting their practices so that they can continue to work with teachers and students. We share insights from our project evaluation meetings which have given us the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from … Continue reading iRead Project News – Issue 11
By Antonis Symvonis, Technical Coordinator of iRead iRead Linguistic Infrastructure The iRead project’s Linguistic Infrastructure is a set of language resources and services which enable SMEs, publishers and education providers to design and deliver content to primary school children learning to read. It contains a series of learning resources and services which pertain to specific language models … Continue reading Using the Linguistic Infrastructure to Develop the Amigo Reader
By Antonis Symvonis, Technical Coordinator of iRead Linguistic Infrastructure The Navigo Literacy Game was built using the iRead project’s Linguistic Infrastructure. In this blog, we describe how developers at Fish in a Bottle use the Linguistic Infrastructure in their DfE award-winning app. As Co-Founder Drew Wilkins explains, “Having iRead’s Linguistic Infrastructure meant that we could … Continue reading Using the Linguistic Infrastructure to Develop the Navigo Literacy Game
By Elpiniki Margariti, Doukas School and Skarkos Christos, 5th Grade teacher at Vivlos Primary School This is the fourth in series of blogs with schools participating in the research phase of the iRead project across Europe. Elpiniki Margariti asked Skarkos Christos from Vivlos primary school about their experiences with the iRead technologies so far. Skarkos … Continue reading Ask the teachers: Vivlos Primary School – Applying iRead to Naxos, the largest of the Cycladic islands!
By Liz Herbert, UCL-IOE, Department of Psychology and Human Development This is the third in series of blogs with schools participating in the research phase of the iRead project across Europe. Liz Herbert asked Vicky Berkson from Grafton School how things were getting on. Vicky told us: "We are an Outstanding 2 form entry Primary … Continue reading Ask the teachers: Grafton School – A teacher’s account
Learning, adapting and planning for a school year like no other! It has been an eventful summer term to say the least! Whilst our school visits have been on hold, our team have taken the opportunity to reflect on project progress so far.In this term's newsletter, we share how we have been publicizing our technologies to a wider audience. We … Continue reading iRead Project News – Issue 10
By Kiriaki Agathaggelidou of 33rd Primary School of Peristeri and Elpi Margariti, Doukas School In the second of our 'Ask the teachers' series, Elpi Margariti asks Kiriaki Agathaggelidou to reflect on their school's involvement in the iRead project. "At the 33rd primary school of Peristeri, Greece, during the school year 2019-2020, nineteen 2nd grade students … Continue reading Ask the teachers: 33rd Primary School of Peristeri – A teacher’s account