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Using Accelerated Reader (AR) to Develop and Strengthen a Reading Culture Webinar

Using Accelerated Reader (AR) to Develop and Strengthen a Reading Culture Webinar

This webinar will outline how both Primary and Post Primary schools across Ireland are using Accelerated Reader (AR) and MyOn to develop and strengthen a culture of reading. It will also show how AR can be used to establish baseline scores for students, and how improvements in comprehension and fluency are measured. AR is generally aimed at students who already have the basics of reading from around 2nd Class up to Junior Certificate students. It compliments programmes such as Literacy Lift Off very well and really motivates students in Primary school, or those starting Post Primary, to engage fully in reading for pleasure. The results of the baseline test relate closely to both the Drumcondra and Micra-T scores and all results are stored automatically on a spreadsheet with no need for correction. Many Post Primary schools use the online reading test with first year students to establish their standard of reading as they enter the school, and the test can be given a number of times during a school year to monitor progress.

Pat Hanrahan, the facilitator, has used AR over many years in his own school and will outline how it is set up and its benefits. He will also answer any questions from participants about the programme.

Areas covered in the webinar include;

  • Outline of the AR Baseline reading test,
  • The set-up of reading books/library to suit the AR system,
  • Monitoring students reading and checking data on student progress,
  • How AR ensures that students are reading at the right level of challenge,
  • Extensive School Reports available to measure reading progress and identify areas of improvement. All student reading and comprehension data is available,
  • How myON provides access to up to 5,800 new digital books for every student in the school,
  • How myON connects with AR. The majority of the books have an AR quiz,
  • The content of myON, which includes a range of fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels. Many of the books are on cross-curricular topics, and
  • How AR compliments programmes such as Literacy Lift Off very well and motivates students in Primary school, or those starting Post Primary, to engage fully in reading for pleasure.

Course Properties

Course date 28-09-2021 4:30 pm
Course End Date 28-09-2021 5:30 pm
Capacity 40
Cut off date 28-09-2021 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
Speaker Pat Hanrahan
Number Hours 1
Location Online (via Zoom)
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Eircode - R95 RH97

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