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Shamir, Haya; Miner, Claudia; Izzo, Ann; Pocklington, David; Feehan, Kathryn; Yoder, Erik – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2018
UPSTART is an in-home preschool program that uses CAI [computer-assisted instruction] to provide children an individualized reading curriculum. UPSTART forms a partnership with parents to ensure their children use the program for fifteen minutes per day, five days per week. This report summarizes the results of seven years of data. Data was…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Preschool Education, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Shamir, Haya – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2018
Assessing students' emerging literacy skills is crucial for identifying areas where a child may be falling behind and can lead directly to an increased chance of reading success. The Waterford Assessment of Core Skills (WACS), a computerized adaptive test of early literacy for students in prekindergarten through 2nd grade, addresses this need.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing, Reading Tests, Preschool Children
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Shamir, Haya; Yoder, Erik; Pocklington, David; Feehan, Kathryn – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2018
This study investigates the impact of using an adaptive computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program in early childhood education. The Waterford Early Reading Program (ERP) is a CAI program that was assigned to kindergarten and first grade students in a school district in Texas for the 2015-2016 school year. The Texas Primary Reading Inventory…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Reading Programs, Kindergarten
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Shamir, Haya; Yoder, Erik; Feehan, Kathryn; Pocklington, David – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2018
While recent literature has pointed to the efficacy of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in providing educational intervention at an early age, there is a lack of research exploring its use in a pre-kindergarten setting. The current study assessed the efficacy of CAI on students at the start of their academic careers. The Waterford Early…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Kindergarten, Educational Technology, Achievement Gap
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Shamir, Haya; Feehan, Kathryn; Yoder, Erik – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2017
This study explores the efficacy of the Waterford Early Reading program (ERP) for teaching kindergarten and first grade students' early reading concepts. Students attended 3 elementary schools in Alabama. The treatment group used the software program whereas the control group did not use the software. Analyses revealed a significant treatment…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction