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 an e-reader. We monitor their progress over time and if they significantly improve their reading ability they get to keep the e-reader.
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 2013 only 95 per cent of all non-Indigenous kids met the national minimum standard for reading. By contrast, only 31 per cent of Indigenous kids from very remote communities failed to reach 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 potential to successfully adopt e-reader technology. We loan e-readers to Indigenous students. We also show them how to access 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 thestudent has made good progress then the e-reader is given to them as a reward.
An e-reader is an electronic device that is used for reading digital books (e-books). E-reader and tablet technology has transformed the way books are published and distributed. The quality of devices has improved and prices have come down to the point where they are very cheap. There is now an amazing range of easily accessible, low-cost e-books available. This means that kids who come from low-income families, or who live remotely can have access to a huge range of books. E-readers are revolutionary. They give people extraordinary access to quality books. There are over three million free e-books available for download in the public domain and popular titles can be purchased as e-books at a fraction of the cost of regular books. E-books are always available. They can be accessed 24/7 and they download immediately.E-readers consume very little power, allowing continuous reading for weeks. E-readers are small and light and highly portable. E-readers can hold thousands of e-books so storage is never a problem. E-books are good for the planet because they don’t consume paper and ink.