What we do?
We work to improve the reading ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We target kids who are behind their peers and want to improve their reading skills. We loan them a tablet. We monitor their progress over time and if they significantly improve their reading ability they get to keep the tablet.
Reading is an essential life skill. Those who don't achieve in reading will fall behind. They are less likely to complete year 12, or to get to TAFE or university. Poor readers struggle to find work. Even unskilled and low paid jobs require the ability to read. There are thousands of Indigenous kids whose reading ability is a long way behind behind their non-Indigenous peers. In 2015 95 per cent of all non-Indigenous kids met the national minimum standard (NMS) for reading. By contrast, only 31 per cent of Indigenous kids from very remote communities reached this basic level of achievement. You can learn more about about the reading achievement of Indigenous kids by visiting the National Assessment Program site.
Source: National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy National Report for 2013, ACARA
How does it work?
We work with teachers to identify kids that have clear potential to succeed in our e-reading program. We loan them tablets and give them access to e-books that are interesting to them. We provide clear goals and positive incentives to encourage them to read more. We measure the reading behaviour and reading achievement of students before they enter the program and again after 12 weeks. If the evidence shows that the student has made good progress then the tablet is given to them as a reward.
We find kids who are performing poorly but are motivated to improve. We offer them a place in our program and the incentive of owning a tablet for improved reading ability.
We test all students and establish baseline data for the amount of time spent reading, reading fluency scores and reading comprehension scores.
We loan students a tablet and customise it with e-books that each student chooses for themselves.
After 12 weeks we test students again. We also collect feedback from teachers, parents and the students themselves.
We reward effort and achievement. If the students test results show significant, measurable improvement and feedback is positive we give the student the tablet to keep.
If the students test results are unchanged or lower from the baseline test and feedback is negative then the tablet is returned to us. We then offer the tablet to another student.
Successful students will have access to our cloud e-book library as well as incentives and rewards for continued effort and achievement with their reading.