Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay has recently collaborated with Electronic Learning Corporation and the University of South Florida to pilot a new computer-based reading program. The program is called “TUNEin to READING” and incorporates reading to music.
Using the program, club members sing the words they are reading. The program calculates the reader’s singing pitch, and the reader continues singing until he/she achieves a score of 75 or better. This program has been piloted at three clubs to date (North Tampa, West Tampa and Nick Capitano Clubs), and the youth involved have improved their reading an average of two grade levels. This is an excellent example of using technology to help our youth.