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Developed by veteran speech pathologist and reading specialist Jim Larrabee, My Reading Coach aspires to wipe out illiteracy and poor reading. Mr. Larrabee himself undertakes the roll of on-screen instructor, interacting with students in a series of virtual lessons, much like he would in an actual tutorial session. According to Larrabee, "People can learn to read and understand anything they can hear and understand." His goal, therefore, is to ". . .bring their reading level up to their vocabulary level. . ."
Each lesson includes an introduction, and 4 activity sessions: word building, listen and find, reading, and writing. The activities are brief, and specific, and as each activity is correctly completed, the student may move on to the next. Students progress one lesson at a time, but may tackle one lesson beyond the current lesson to avoid frustration if they've reached an impasse. Because the program is individualized, user's can choose to quit at any time, and pick up where they left off when they log in again.
In addition to the lessons themselves, the program provides users and administrators with a Performance Report, which lists the lesson, activity, time on task, status, percentage of mastery, and number of trials for each lesson as well as trial dates.
When running the program for the first time, users must first insert the floppy disk containing the Mindplay License Key. The Administrator (this can be a parent, teacher or the student) assigns a username and password to the disk. Each time the user logs on to the program, s/he must use the disk and the correct username and password. The user license is good for up to 100 hours or 365 days, whichever comes first. Finally the Administrator must also select a password which will be used when logging on to the program to monitor training performance. Our testers found that each of these steps, although again time consuming, was executed without difficulty.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium processor, 60 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, SVGA 16-bit color display, 8x or faster CD-ROM.return to top of page
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