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Square Panda’s Phonics Playset: Improving Early Literacy Outcomes in Title 1 Schools
Square Panda phonics playset is designed for adoption by elementary schools to enhance student engagement in early reading and teacher engagement in student progress. This novel technological product combines computer-aided instruction with hands-on physical letter manipulatives to improve literacy outcomes in early readers. Unlike other literacy products, the product was designed around low-cost solutions that maximize learning without support of highly trained reading specialists, and thus might be especially attractive to Title I schools. The Square Panda approach builds on four research-based principles of learning that will be reviewed in this presentation: 1) Use of physical manipulative letters increases attention and engagement, 2) Multisensory teaching of letter-sound correspondences through systematic and comprehensive instruction, 3) Physical Manipulatives to help bridge the analog-to-digital divide, and 4) the use of adaptive learning data for individualized instruction.
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2017 in Long Beach, CA
For more information:
vera@squarepanda.com; andy@squarepanda.com
Speakers
Andy Butler

Andy is the CEO of Square Panda. He has been a CEO of technology companies for the last 28 years, and believes that technology can be systematically purposed to improve learning outcomes.

Vera Blau-McCandliss

Vera is a PhD reading research specialist and brain scientist who has extensive experience studying the cognitive processes of early reading and dyslexia.