Computer-based Reading Tool Brings Tech to the Classroom
Fresno Adventist Academy has been recognized on a national level for its achievement in student reading practice by Renaissance Learning Inc.’s Accelerated Reader program. Accelerated Reader is a computer-based comprehension tool that teachers use in grades K-8. Over a three-year period, FAA elementary teachers have worked to put this program in place, restructuring the library and integrating technology into the classroom. As books are read, students take a comprehensive quiz. An 80 percent score is needed to continue to the next reading level. Regular reading skills assessments also allow teachers to assist or expand a student’s range. “A second grader called his teacher and asked for his computer log-in so he could access the program from home during the summer. That is just wild!” says Principal Dan Kittle.