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Lindstrom, Denise L.; Niederhauser, Dale S. – Computers in the Schools, 2016
The authors, working from a "new literacies studies" perspective, suggest that educators can better teach their students if they develop their own knowledge of the purposes, types, and language conventions students use in their informal out-of-school literacy practices. The purpose of this study was to identify the literacy practices…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Literacy, Media Literacy, Classroom Communication
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Zhang, Meilan; Trussell, Robert P.; Tillman, Daniel A.; An, Song A. – Computers in the Schools, 2015
In recent years, smartphones and tablets have been rapidly adopted by consumers worldwide. Within the United States, a growing number of school districts have incorporated tablets into classroom instruction. As mobile technology becomes further integrated into households and classrooms, parents, teachers, and students might need information for…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Access to Computers
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Shannon, Lisa Cassidy; Styers, Mary Koenig; Wilkerson, Stephanie Baird; Peery, Elizabeth – Computers in the Schools, 2015
This study evaluated the efficacy of Accelerated Reader, a computer-based learning program, at improving student reading. Accelerated Reader is a progress-monitoring, assessment, and practice tool that supports classroom instruction and guides independent reading. Researchers used a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the program with 344…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Instructional Effectiveness
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Alexander, Curby – Computers in the Schools, 2014
In this study, student engagement during classroom activities was investigated where sixth graders created digital media projects using historical images. The study employed a qualitative design involving observations, student artifacts, and interviews while students were creating digital storyboards using a Web-based application developed for…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 6, Learner Engagement, Production Techniques
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Lowman, Joneen – Computers in the Schools, 2014
The study investigated the impact of podcasts and vodcasts accessed through an iPod on fourth-and sixth-grade students' vocabulary acquisition. Students were randomly assigned to either a podcast group or a vodcast group. Regardless of group assignment, each student completed three six-minute podcasts or vodcasts a day for three days. On average,…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Technology Uses in Education, Grade 4, Grade 6
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Hutchison, Amy C.; Woodward, Lindsay – Computers in the Schools, 2014
The Common Core State Standards produce a need to understand how digital tools can support literacy instruction. The purpose of this case study was to explore how a language arts teacher's integration of computers and iPads empowered and constrained her and the resulting classroom instruction. Constraining factors included (a) inadequate…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Technology Uses in Education, Performance Factors, Barriers