ELR Software produces a range of computer programs designed by speech pathologists for speech, language & literacy intervention. Our programs may be used interactively within therapy sessions, to increase efficiency in service delivery, and to improve access to the Internet for people with special needs. We are also available as consultants to clinicians and research projects in the fields of literacy and accessibility issues associated with the Internet.
The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources), Build-a-Sentence and Word Meanings. We welcome the opportunity for feedback and questions, and will be pleased to consider including reader contributions and announcements.
This Newsletter (and previous editions) as well as a "print-ready" PDF version of the current edition is available online at www.elr.com.au/news. An email version is also sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing).
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We have continued to revise tasks within the "Consonant Digraphs" section in "Reading and Spelling", to ensure that, where possible, the words contain only short vowels. This allows a progression from teaching the learner to decode and spell 3- and 4-letter words with short vowels (ie consonant-vowel-consonant words, and words with consonant blends such as "sp, nt, bl"), to words with short vowels and consonant digraphs (eg "sh, ch, ck").
Our revisions in 16 tasks this month have focused on the ClueWords model within the "sh, ch, tch, ck, ph, wh, and th" subsections. This model displays a grid of words (either six or eight). The learner clicks or touches (in the case of an iPad) the Go button to display a clue, and then selects the word which matches the clue. This activity provides practice at repeated decoding each word, and links the word with its meaning to support sight word development.
The ClueWords model is best used in conjunction with the range of other activities within each subsection. These include activities focusing of single word reading (WordSound Buttons, WordSearch, SmileyMan, MemoryWords, and ConnectWords), as well as sentence based activities (Sentence completion and Typing with Words).
As with all eLr tasks the role of the teacher is crucial in providing feedback about accuracy of decoding and encouraging extension activities. These may include having the learner read each target word prior to viewing each clue, encouraging a discussion about the meaning of the words, generating other sentences which contain the target word, and talking about words which may have multiple meanings.
From January 1st 2017 we have made 2 changes to our subscription processes which affect eLr subscribers.
If you have any questions about these changes and their implementation, or the automatic updating process, please contact us.
As an occasional feature of this Newsletter, we include simple, unpaid announcements of products developed by other small, independent developers, who, like ourselves, are practising clinicians who have put their ideas and experience into resource materials for general distribution. Links and brief information about these sites may be found at www.elr.com.au/links/developers.htm. To date we have listed -
If you would like your materials listed on this page (at no charge), please contact us.
ELR has a number of free or evaluation files available for downloading directly from our website. Please see www.elr.com.au/downloads.htm for specific details. For other supporting materials and documents available for free download, please see www.elr.com.au/support.htm.
ELR Software offers regular, free eLr tutorials over the web. We can provide this sort of support to individuals, or to groups who would like to have an overview of eLr. Please contact us for details.
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