Implementing tablets to teach Reading in Grade 5

Reading & Writing

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Title Implementing tablets to teach Reading in Grade 5
Creator Maboe, Ethel Smith, Cornelia G.A. Banoobhai, Mumthaz Makgato, Moses
Subject education audiobooks; english reading; tablets; connectivism
Description Literacy is regarded as a fundamental skill for people to communicate successfully in all areas of life. In the light of the poor performance of learners, an investigation concerning reading is imperative to enhance literacy in South Africa. This study explores the use of tablets to enhance English reading among learners in Grade 5 from selected primary schools in Atteridgeville. The sample consisted of 12 learners, six teachers and six parents. Tablets form part of connectivity because modern technology is used to draw the learners into listening and reading English. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge focuses on the use of modern technology to enhance teaching and learning in education. The study followed a qualitative approach involving a case study. Focus group interviews and observations were used as research instruments. The findings of the investigation reveal that learners using tablets have an advantage, because modern digital natives enjoy the use of technology to communicate and learn, which enhances their reading and learning. Tablets provide learners with the opportunity to experience technology physically and independently. Audiobooks used on tablets were a great help to facilitate reading development in English, especially with regard to vocabulary branching and correct pronunciation. Funds are still a problem because the use of technology does not happen in all educational environments.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor none
Date 2018-07-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v9i1.197
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 9, No 1 (2018); 10 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
Language eng
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Coverage english Modern age: grade 5
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 C.G.A. Smith, E Maboe, M Banoobhai, M Makgatho