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Haptic Learning Experiences, Technologies and Smart Letters for Early Reading Success
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Bob Elwell, Director, School Partnerships, Square Panda
Sponsored by Square Panda
Engaging children with traditional approaches in education, especially reading, grows ever more difficult in the face of their attachment to tablets and computer games. In this edWebinar, Dr. Bob Elwell, Director of School Partnerships for Square Panda, presents research findings of reading interventions that include visual and haptic exploration of phonemes, letters, and words via interactive tactile learning games, reading apps and tablet devices. These intervention results provide evidence that haptic effects have the potential to improve children’s reading experiences and abilities, while also making them more memorable.
Explore the use of interactive tactile learning games, tablet devices, instructional reading apps, a reading game playset, and explicit phonemic awareness and phonics instruction—all augmented with haptic smart letters. Pre-K through elementary teachers, school and district leaders, literacy specialists, SPED educators, and Title 1 staff and admin for pre-K will benefit from watching this recorded session.
About the Presenter
As Director of School Partnerships for Square Panda, Robert M. Elwell (Dr. Bob), is responsible for promoting, communicating and revealing new and innovative models for teaching reading and developing early reading skills for emergent and striving readers; supporting all users of the Square Panda reading apps, smart letters, interactive platform and teacher portal; and demonstrating strategies and pedagogy that engage and motivate early learners as they develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills and become proficient readers.
Dr. Bob has been an educator for over 30 years, having teaching experience at all levels K-12 and through postsecondary and graduate levels. He has advanced degrees in elementary education, reading education (M.Ed.) and curriculum design/child & youth studies (Ed.D.). Dr. Bob has also served in leadership positions at both school and district levels as a primary grade classroom teacher, elementary school administrator, curriculum program manager, technology specialist, training specialist, and district curriculum administrator.
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It is often said that a child’s most precious gift is their curiosity. At Square Panda™, we are creating a new generation of products that let children follow their curiosity through play activities involving both the physical and virtual worlds.