ERIC Number: ED458540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
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A Path to Literacy: Empowering Students in Your Classroom.
Casey, Jean M.
The Simi Star Project, a collaborative grant among six southern California school districts (Simi Valley, Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Orcutt, and Point Hueneme) and IBM, tested the effectiveness of computers in the classroom and the effects of integrating technology into the curriculum. Six networked computers were placed in kindergarten and first grade classrooms to test integration of technology and to measure the effect on the students' reading and writing development. A qualitative study was developed to examine these classrooms. The software used was Writing To Read, Stories and More, Children's Writing and Publishing. Teachers were carefully trained, parents were informed as partners, and students were given daily access to the computers for writing their own language experience stories. The students were also given phonemic awareness and systematic phonics support. Researchers used observations, interviews, questionnaires, portfolio assessment, as well as reading attitude tests to measure the students' writing and reading development. The experimental classrooms were compared to control classrooms without computers but with a similar teaching approach. Results revealed that, based on a holistic evaluation, all students using Writing To Read averaged at least two writing levels higher than those in the control classrooms. The experimental group had a significantly higher positive reading attitude score than the control group. In the classrooms, computers were busy all day with diverse activities. For example, one fifth grade class worked on a project about world environment online with a fifth grade class in Paris. Every class needs computers, trained teachers, and a risk-free learning environment. (Contains a figure and 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California