What is the DigiSmart App?
The DigiSmart app is a motivating and progressional programme helping children to connect with reading. It has been developed to help struggling or reluctant readers who have missed some vital steps along the way.
Building simple yet powerful strategies, the app enables children to catch up and establish a firmer footing.
The new DigiSmart app focuses on 3 fundamental reading skills — without these core techniques, children are unable to make sense of pages of words, find information or improve their comprehension skills:
Skimming pictures and headings
Scanning pages for clues
Finding and using keywords
“Over the course of the DigiSmart programme I have witnessed reluctant readers transformed into children who read for pleasure.”
Sue Davies, Teacher and Year 5/6 Phase Leader, Pakeman Primary School, London
Powerful new app
The DigiSmart app has been created to extend the benefits of the powerful online programme successfully used in schools for over 15 years.
This new app model of DigiSmart gives many more children the chance to catch up with their reading.
The app is designed to be used with whole classes, small groups or individuals. Children can also work through the programme independently and receive immediate feedback on progress. App format means that DigiSmart will now be available to parents who want to support their children’s reading.
The core reading techniques of skimming, scanning, and finding and using keywords are powerful building blocks to better reading. DigiSmart has always put these techniques at the forefront of its work.
“The DigiSmart programme is highly engaging. The children absolutely love it. I have seen not only their reading skills develop — their self-esteem also visibly grows.”
Rebecca Dempsey, Teacher and Assistant Head, Hindsford Primary School, Wigan
Who needs DigiSmart?
“I have no hesitation in recommending DigiSmart for use in schools and would run it with as many pupils as you possibly can.”
Anne Puddephatt, Head Teacher, The Duke’s Middle School, Alnwick, Northumberland
Why reading matters
The ability to read well and confidently is a life-changing skill.
- Reading helps children to learn and keep on learning
- Increases their brain power
- Transports their imaginations to other worlds
- Builds self-esteem and confidence
- Develops empathy with the lives and experiences of others
- Stimulates their critical thinking and curiosity
Far too many children fall behind with their reading, or switch off from wanting to read. They face enormous challenges because the digital age demands a much wider range of reading and literacy skills than ever before. Reading can be a daunting experience. Imagine the biggest library in the world, growing every minute and coming at you like an avalanche!
This is why DigiSmart was created — it uses the appeal of digital technology to excite children and improve their reading.
“I am passionate about DigiSmart. With new skills under their belts so much more has been possible for these children.”
Janet Marshall, Pupil Premium Champion, All Saints CE Primary, Chatham, Medway