Reading is a critical component of a young person’s life. However, with all of our modern technologies, parents sometimes experience difficulty in motivating their gifted readers to stay focused and on task when it comes to reading. So many modern distractions are tugging at our young learners, so many video game systems are very enticing with their high-tech graphics and capabilities. Want to keep your reader’s reading capabilities up to par… get them connected. Use technology with reading; combine your young reader’s desire for technology with his/her reading.
You may be wondering how this can be done. It is simple. Many young readers have ipod touches or even iphones. Most newer versions come equipped with Facetime, a program that allows youngsters to instantly connect with friends, family, classmates, etc. All you need to do is hook your reader up with another reader who shares similar reading interests and levels. They can Facetime each other at any point in the reading. Knowing that a friend or classmate is reading the same book brings motivation and desire. Young readers will not want to fall too far behind their peers, and they will enjoy sharing the books via modern technology.
Don’t have Facetime? What about Skype or ichat? How about a free app like Text Free? Try a blog. Online game sites such as WebKinz, Poptropica, and others also allow youngsters to connect with one another while still allowing the parent to have ultimate control and knowledge as to what is going on in the child’s online life. If it’s gaming that interests your child, why not mix modern technology with the reading? Doing so adds interest and a whole new perpective to the reading process for your gifted learner. The learner builds skills all around–literacy and technology. As parents, that’s not a bad combination in which your child is engaged. Meet your gifted readers on their levels. What interests them? What keeps their attention? Give it to them.
Studies show that our young readers and learners today are digital natives; they were born into a technologically enhanced world. So, let us keep that in mind when we are attempting to come up with incentives for helping them to read. Connecting with others and being able to use technology ensures that reading is being viewed as a fun activity rather than a forced one. Give it a try, and let everyone here know what happens. It would be great to see some comments sharing positive reading moments.