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Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, v3 n1 p80-95 Fall 2006

This investigation examined the use of computer-assisted instruction (i.e., WordMaker) on students having different levels of reading ability. Of particular interest were the effects of WordMaker on the spelling performance of first graders in a co-taught classroom. In a short 10-week period, the WordMaker software program had a positive impact on children's decoding and spelling skills. Eighty-three percent of the students experienced gains between the pre- and posttest scores. Findings suggest that WordMaker is an effective complement to other activities associated with the first grade curriculum (e.g., spelling and decoding) and has the potential to enhance students' reading and writing skills. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)

Descriptors: Spelling, Action Research, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Reading Ability, Scores, Writing Skills, Grade 1, Teaching Methods, Pretests Posttests, Decoding (Reading), Curriculum, Investigations, Disabilities, Computer Software

Assistive Technology Industry Association and SEAT Center. Available from: SEAT Center, Special Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5910, Normal, IL 61790. Tel: 309-438-7811; Fax: 309-830-0999; e-mail: atob[at]atia.org; Web site: http://www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3305





Autor: Jeffs, Tara; Evmenova, Anna; Warren, Sandra Hopfengardner; Rider, Robin L.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4415&id=EJ902509







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