Digital Literacy: Reading Eggs


Title

Enhance Digital Literacy through the Use of Online Platforms

Author

Paul O Connor

Name of school

St.Mark’s Senior National School

Description

St.Mark’s is a co-educational school which opened in 1973. There are currently 525 childen attending the school, aged from 8-13 years. The school has a Catholic ethos but is cognisant of all faiths and none. The school currently provides additional support for children with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.

Goals

Children will learn essential reading and phonics skills through the completion of online games and activities.

Methods

Children read online books at an age appropriate level. There are 2,000 levelled books to choose from. They undertake comprehension, grammatical and phonic activities afterwards to build on their current knowledge. Teachers can track each child’s progress through an online portal and identify strengths and weaknesses in each area.

Materials

The pupils can engage in Reading Eggs using desktop and mobile devices such as iPads. The learner demonstrates their knowledge through completion of assessment tasks.

Assessment

At the end of each unit, children are invited to complete an assessment activity which will illustrate the child’s understanding of the unit’s learning objectives. The teacher can observe the child’s progress through the online portal.  Strengths and weaknesses can be identified. Teachers can invite them to re-take assessment tasks and other activities to re-enforce concepts.

ICT

Children are developing other areas of their digital literacy e.g. touch typing. Children can work collaboratively and competitively in Reading Eggs to enhance their learning.

eTwinning

Children are developing their digital literacy skills through regular communication via Google Docs and Google Hangout. Partner schools are encouraged to register with Reading Eggs.

Mobility

Children are active participants in their learning.

Stakeholders

Parents are encouraged to support their children on Reading Eggs through completion of activities at home.

Success

Reading Eggs is successful because it enhances the literacy skills of the child through the use of colourful animation, fun characters, songs, rewards and levelled texts. Reading Eggs is completely interactive.

Head-teacher

Teachers

Reading Eggs is very popular with the children. They enjoy the interactive lessons and collecting rewards. They can see their progress and can play learning games with one another.

Pupils

I love Reading Eggs! The lessons are really fun and I like to play it with my friends!

Multimedia

ICT use in schools

Country

Ireland

Subject

Languages

Age

8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13