Using E-Readers to Improve Reading for Students with Mild Disabilities

Amy Camardese, Ph.D.
Westminster College

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M. Eileen Morelli, Ed.D.
Westminster College

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Yehuda Peled, Ph.D.
Western Galilee College

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Maile Kirkpatrick
Second Grade Teacher
Greenville School District

Abstract

Improving reading comprehension and fluency in students with mild disabilities has long been a challenge for educators.  Technology has provided a host of new possibilities for working with students with mild disabilities.  This study incorporated a mixed method to investigate the potential of using E-Readers as an instructional tool.  Three features of E-Readers were thought to be of particular benefit to students with mild disabilities: (a) the ability to change the font, (b) the text to speech feature, and (c) the dictionary feature where students highlight a word and the definition pops up.

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