The Reading through Technology Program is a supplemental reading program designed to enable students to improve reading fluency and comprehension.
Students who read fluently read smoothly and easily, without pausing to figure out words. These students identify words automatically. As a result, they can focus on meaning (comprehension) rather than word recognition when they read. As a rule, fluent readers comprehend better than non-fluent readers. Consequently, improving reading fluency is important for developing readers.
The Reading through Technology Program has three components: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. It is based on several research-based theories including the following:
- Students become good readers by reading.
- Reading along with a more proficient reader improves word recognition and reading fluency.
- Reading a passage several times improves fluency.
- Self-monitoring of progress improves reading achievement.