Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) refers to the use of computer technology to facilitate learning. Research has shown that well-designed and implemented CAI can significantly improve student achievement. MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) uses CAI to teach reading.
Learning to read requires learning the ‘code’ behind the language. Phonics is the educational means for breaking that code. Phonics instruction teaches the correspondence between the phonemes – the sounds of English language to the graphemes – the letters that represent them. Teaching phonics with CAI software is an effective way to build a student’s foundation for learning to read.
With CAI, phonics instruction is guaranteed to be systematic and explicit – a requirement for a successful reading program. MVRC Phonics teaches sound-symbol relationships, long and short vowels, consonant digraphs, diphthongs, blends, syllable types, Latin roots, and Greek roots. Students learn the alphabetic principles that enable them to decode and read words. Through technology, students are active participants in their own learning. Teaching phonics concepts with MVRC software makes it easy for students to learn quickly.
MVRC Phonics enables students to decode new words so they are able read words with automaticity, fluency, expression, and comprehension. When you are teaching phonics with software, key concepts can be represented as frequently as necessary until each child grasps the concept.
MVRC Phonics helps students learn and practice these skills: letter recognition, keyboard positions, sound-spelling correspondences, articulation, spelling patterns, alternative spelling patterns, spelling rules, syllabication, multi-syllable decoding, and irregular word recognition.
MVRC Phonics provides 62 direct, explicit and systematic lessons. This new instructional software uses the power of technology to strategically assign mastery based phonics instruction. Individual students will only receive the instruction they need.
MVRC Phonics lessons include up to 21 alternative instructional presentations, as well as additional remedial instruction for each objective. The phonics instruction uses innovative software, so phonics lesson are automated and adaptive based on a student’s unique needs.
Innovative technology allows MVRC Phonics lessons to be reinforced through 12 different, interactive practice activities.