The Effects of Technology on Reading Performance in the Middle-School

24 05 2009




This article reports the results of a meta-analysis of 20 research articles containing 89 effect sizes related to the use of digital tools and learning environments to enhance literacy acquisition. Results (weighted effect size of 0.489) demonstrate that technology can have a positive effect on reading comprehension, but little research has focused on the effect of technology on metacognitive, affective, and dispositional outcomes. The study concludes  that although there is reason to be optimistic about using technology in middle-school literacy programs, there is also reason to encourage the research community to redouble its emphasis on digital learning environments for students in this age range and to broaden the scope of the interventions and outcomes they study.

There has been much discussion about this and I am sure there will continue to be much debate in the next five years.

The question we should be asking is, how well do you teach our 21st century students?

Perhaps a question for some of our resisters could be, how long can you hold back the tide?

Your comments are welcome!!

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