Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
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Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers

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Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
Reading and the Brain
Roots of Reading Roots of Reading
Sounds and Symbols
Fluent Reading
Writing and Spelling
Reading for Meaning
Reading Rocks!
Empowering Parents
Becoming Bilingual
Reading and the Brain
Becoming Bilingual
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Reading Access
Helpful Articles
Toddling Toward Reading Toddling Toward Reading

Additional Resources

Resources for Technology Mentioned in "A Chance to Read"

  • A refreshable Braille display is a mechanical device for displaying Braille characters, usually by raising pins through holes in a flat surface. The display usually sits under the computer keyboard or it can be a part of a device like the BrailleNote or PAC Mate PDAs for blind users
  • Word prediction programs allow a student to select a word from an on-screen list generated by the computer from the first one or two letters typed by the learner. The word can then be selected from the list and inserted into the text by typing a number or clicking the mouse. These programs help students increase written productivity and accuracy, and increase vocabulary skills through word prompting.
  • Recorded books allow users to listen to text and are available in a variety of formats, such as audiocassettes, CDs, and MP3 downloads. Sometimes these audiobooks are recorded using human readers and some use computer systhesized voices. Special playback units allow readers to search and bookmark pages and chapters.
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology allows printed material scanned into a computer to be read aloud using a speech synthesis/screen reading system.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is an accurate speech recognition product designed to help individuals work faster and with greater ease.
  • Premier Assistive Technology, Inc. developed helpful reading and writing solutions.
  • Freedom Scientific WYNN Literacy program.
  • Read&Write Literacy software from TextHELP.

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