Impact of MP3 Players on the Fluency Rate of Beginning Readers

By Rachel Martinez and Amy Barnhill.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This study was designed to examine the impact of audio devices, specifically MP3 players used as a take-home assignment, on the fluency rate of beginning readers. Data was collected from the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) over 2 years from four first-grade teachers and their students. Growth in fluency scores were calculated and compared between year 1 when students did not use the MP3 players and year 2 when the students used the MP3 players. Teachers also provided information regarding their perceptions of the MP3 players’ usage in the classroom. The authors found that the MP3 players made an impact on the growth in fluency scores for the first grade students. Further research is recommended to calculate the impact of the MP3 home reading program for high versus low readers.

Keywords: Technology in the Classroom, Technology to Improve Reading Fluency, Technology for Educators

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.167-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 780.037KB).

Dr. Rachel Martinez

Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education and Human Development, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA

Rachel Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development. She has been a full time faculty member since the Fall of 2008. She teaches Undergraduate and Graduate classes in the field of Special Education. Prior to working at the University of Houston-Victoria, she worked in the public school setting for 11 years. She had also served, for 5 years, on public school campuses as a member of an intervention team for struggling learners. Her current area of interest is the study of effective interventions for struggling learners; and the study of students at-risk for dropping out of school.

Dr. Amy Barnhill

Assistant Professor of Reading, School of Education and Human Development, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA

Amy Barnhill is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development. She teaches Graduate and Undergraduate literacy courses and is also the Director of Field Experiences at the Cinco Ranch campus. Her work in the public school system involves four years of teaching 7th and 8th grade as well as two years as a reading specialist for grades K-4. Her research interests involve New Literacies and how technologies are changing the face of learning and teaching reading and writing.

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