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Help! I have never used an Online Reading Program

Help! I have never used an Online Reading Program



As a teacher, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to selecting and using online reading programs. The good news is that there are many effective and user-friendly online programs that can support your students’ reading development. This article will provide you with guidance and tips on how to navigate and utilize online reading programs.


Determine Your Students’ Needs


Before selecting an online reading program, it’s important to assess your students’ needs. Consider the following questions:


What reading level are your students at?


What areas do they need the most support in (e.g. phonics, comprehension, fluency)?


What is their learning style?


By understanding your students’ needs, you can select a program that will be the most effective in supporting their development.


Research and Compare Programs


There are many online reading programs available, so it’s important to do your research to find the best fit for your classroom. Here are a few key factors to consider when comparing programs:


Curriculum: Does the program align with your state’s standards and your classroom goals?


Student progress tracking: Does the program track student progress and provide reports?


Teacher support: Is there adequate support and resources available for teachers?


Cost: Is the program cost-effective for your classroom or school budget?


Take the time to research and compare programs before making a selection.


Introduce the Program to Your Students


Once you have selected an online reading program, it’s important to introduce it to your students. Provide a clear explanation of how the program works, and consider providing a tutorial or demonstration for your students. Encourage your students to ask questions and provide feedback throughout the introduction process.


Set Goals and Monitor Progress


Setting goals and monitoring progress is an important step in using online reading programs. Use the program’s progress tracking feature to set goals and monitor your students’ progress. This will help you to identify areas where your students are excelling and areas where they need additional support.


Supplement with Other Resources


Online reading programs can be an effective tool, but they should not be the sole source of reading instruction. It’s important to supplement the program with other resources, such as traditional books, guided reading groups, and other literacy activities.




Incorporating online reading programs into your classroom can be a valuable tool in supporting your students’ reading development. By determining your students’ needs, researching and comparing programs, introducing the program to your students, setting goals and monitoring progress, and supplementing with other resources, you can successfully utilize online reading programs in your classroom.

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