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The Johnsonburg Area School District recently purchased 24 Kindles for all of their Special Education Classes using grant money.Â
â€śThis technology has sparked an interest in the studentsâ€™ reading,â€ť said Mary Bizzak, Special Education Reading teacher to third and fourth grade. â€śThey come into class everyday asking if we are going to use the Kindles today. I hope that the students will develop a love for reading through the use of these Kindles.â€ť
The Kindles help and encourage the students with an important skill.
â€śThe benefits are just another aspect and another tool in teaching to help improve their reading skills and encourage reading,â€ť Bizzak said. â€śKids are technology-savvy and in tune with the Kindles; they just know how to work them.â€ť
In an electronic-savvy generation, children are inspired by the use of technology.
â€śI think that they love the technology, and it excites them to go first thing in the morning and grab their Kindle,â€ť said Bizzak. â€śHaving that electronic device triggers their interest in reading. In their spare time, after theyâ€™ve finished their work for me, theyâ€™ll go and read on their own. They read ahead, and we go back and all read together where everyone left off.â€ť
Bizzakâ€™s lesson plans have implemented the Kindles on a regular basis.
â€śAs part of my daily lesson plans I have my students read aloud from the Kindles every day for the first 15 minutes of class,â€ť Bizzak said. â€śResearch shows kids who read every day for at least 15 minutes will improve their reading skills.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.