Throughout the two-day conference, which begins Thursday, March 16, Piña and the CL team—which includes Robert Ketterer, CEO—will be on hand at the Colvard Learning booth to meet and greet UCET attendees and answer any questions.
“We are excited to offer all Utah School Districts the opportunity to try both of our early-literacy curricula on a free trial period through the end of this school year,” said Ketterer. “Over 30 years of studies show literacy education needs a breakthrough technology, and our blended curricula engages visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners by using cutting edge technology.”
“Pup’s Quest for Phonics®” features voice and handwriting recognition software and Colvard Learning’s patented “Touch Text to Sound”— that enables a set of letters to blend sounds into a word when a finger moves across them.
Six years ago, Michael Colvard, M.D.—a practicing eye surgeon who grew up in the rural South—teamed up with early-reading specialists, animators, songwriters and programmers to build “Professor Pup’s Phoneme Farm.®”
“We start by teaching kids to recognize the 44 individual sounds of English called ‘phonemes,’” said Colvard. “Then we teach them to associate these sounds with combinations of letters that make words, and that’s where the ‘phonics’ comes in.”
Colvard sees decoding as essential to the early-literacy process: “We’ve found the decoding approach is easily understood and effective. So kids don’t see English as a chaotic mess, but a code that can be mastered.”
For the past four years, the Colvard Learning programs have been successfully utilized in private and public schools. “Their lessons are lively and enjoyable,” said Catherine Carvalho, Principal of St. Bruno School in Whittier, Calif. “They eliminate distractions for the children because they are so engaging."
Dr. Colvard, who was named Super Doctor by “L.A. Magazine”, regularly takes leave from his Encino practice to treat African tribespeople who might otherwise go blind from cataracts. Now he sets his sights on helping children to read, no matter what their economic background.
"Studies show that many children from disadvantaged homes come to kindergarten with a 'word poverty,'" said Colvard. "For various reasons, many are not exposed to the same number of words as children from upper class homes, so they are behind the 8-ball when they start school."
Ketterer will be personally reaching out to Utah school superintendents and welcomes all inquiries from administrators, as well as teachers and parents: “We’re here to help.”
For more information:
2017 Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference
March 16-17, 2017
University of Utah Campus
Salt Lake City, UT
Website: UCET Conference Website
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