Computer-assisted instruction, or the use of computers to enhance aspects of traditional instruction, is one facet of the integration of technology into classroom instruction. A list of authorized software for teaching reading and writing in Canada was compiled and 13 software titles (28%) were assessed using an adapted form of Bishop and Santoro's rubric (2005) for evaluating early reading software. Programs were assessed for Interface Design, Content, Instructional Design, and whether the manufacturers' educational claims were supported by software functions. Four software groups emerged: Reading Programs, Writing Programs, Programs for Students with Special Needs , and Other Programs. Many of the 13 analyzed programs were non-instructional tools that merely replaced reading and writing functions traditionally performed manually. Several of the analyzed programs were outdated. These findings call into question how provincial and territorial mandates to meaningfully integrate technology into instruction, especially reading and writing instruction, are being met across Canada.Computer-assisted instruction, or the use of computers to enhance aspects of traditional instruction, is one facet of the integration of technology into classroom instruction.
|Title||:||Computer-assisted Instruction in the Primary Grades: Which Authorized Software Tools Help to Teach Reading and Writing?|
|Author||:||Meridith Ann Lovell|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|