A recent article describes the genesis and logic of the idea of naturally acquired literacy, and how the Understand My World app facilitates the process of learning the mechanics of reading without direct instruction. https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/08/massaro-app.html
After several years of development and pilot testing, we created an iPhone app that supports naturally acquired literacy. We also found that the app is ideal for English language learners. See https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/understand-my-world/id1298250806?mt=8
Dom’s research on the benefits of reading to children has been featured in several articles:
Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy
Books N Bags: Kindergarten’s the right time to start a little library
We are employing a new app on both iOS and Android to encourage naturally acquired literacy. We have an active research program using this app at a local preschool, Happy Days Children’s Learning Center.
We also have a new app for learning English as a second language, Natural Augmented English on both iOS and Android.
To continue our quest for naturally acquired literacy, we have an app for the Amazon Fire Tablet, currently called explore my world: learn to read, which encourages your toddler and preschool child to learn to read by engaging their curiosity about their surrounding world.
Dom created an easier version of Kid Klok, called Kid Klok Easy. Keeping the hour hand on the hour number is a good bridge to learning the standard clock in which the hour hand moves continuously during the hour. This Easy version provides a first experience of success, which then allows the child to graduate to the standard Kid Klok.
Dom’s research on the importance of reading to your children was highlighted in a valuable article, Reading to Your Baby or Toddler, by Jessica Williams
News on Dom’s paper Two Different Communication Genres and Implications for
Vocabulary Development and Learning to Read http://edsource.org/2015/study-says-reading-aloud-to-children-more-than-talking-builds-literacy/82045.Also published in the Huffington Post.
Dom received a United States Patent: Dominic William Massaro. Method And System For Acquisition Of Literacy. Patent Number U.S. 9,028,0255 B2. Date May 12, 2015.
Our idea of using RSVP reading, in which words are presented at a single location one after the other, is now being used in applications by Spritz..
To celebrate Independence Day, iBaldiMandarin is available. Take a look of how accurately he and Baldette speak Mandarin. You can also have an inside view to see how the tongue moves for different difficult speech segments. You can get the app here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id663961788?mt=8
We now have Spanish and Arabic versions of iBaldi. Check them out in the Apple app store.
Here is the Little Bo Peep book for an example of formatting a book for the app Read My Books.
Dom is currently teaching Psychology 134: Technology Assisted Reading Acquisition.
Dom is planning to teach a course on Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally on Coursera.
Dom gave a talk on 26 March, 2013 at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California. See the talk on youtube at
Dom gave a talk at University of California, Berkeley, on March 15, 2013, entitled Technology Assisted Reading (TARA): Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.
Dom gave a talk at Florida Atlantic University on February 28, 2013, entitled Technology Assisted Reading: Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.
Dom gave a paper and a workshop on February 18-20, 2013 presented to the1st International Conference on Technology for Helping People with Special Needs (ICTHP-2013). Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dom applied for #IfIHadGlass, children could acquire reading like speech – naturally, without instruction, by immersion in written language associated with their experience. https://plus.google.com/112163451328641018913/posts/g6gTc5nGKie
Dom gave a talk at google on December 19, 2012. The talk is now on youtube, and called Technology Assisted Reading: Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally.
Dom’s interview with Zina Jawadi, a high school junior from Los Altos. November 19, 2012
Dom applied for a USA patent. November 5, 2012. Method And System For Representing Capitalization Of Letters While Preserving Their Category Similarity To Lowercase Letters. Patent Application Number 13/669,522, November 6. 2012.
Dom’s ideas about acquiring literacy naturally were discussed in Pacific Standard Magazinel Infant Intelligentsia: Can Babies Learn to Read? And Should They?
See the New York Times article on Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case, which can be used with very young children as they learn to read naturally with our Read With Me! and Read What I Say applications.
Read our recent description of how a child might learn to read naturally. Massaro, D. W. (2012). Acquiring Literacy Naturally. American Scientist, 100, 324-333.
Listen to Paul Verschure interview Dom on acquiring literacy naturally.
Dom participated in the summer school Barcelona Cognition, Brain, and Technology, BCBT11. His talk, Technology Assisted Reading Acquisition (TARA): Acquiring Literacy Naturally is available here.
Dom applied for a U. S Patent Massaro, D. W. (2011a). Method And System For Acquisition Of Literacy. Patent Application Number 13/253,335, October 5, 2011.