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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; 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
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Kazakoff, Elizabeth; Bers, Marina – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2012
This paper examines the impact of computer programming of robots on sequencing ability in early childhood and the relationship between sequencing skills, class size, and teacher's comfort level and experience with technology. Fifty-eight children participated in the study, 54 of whom were included in data analysis. This study was conducted in two…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Programming Languages, Sequential Approach
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Ntuli, Esther; Kyei-Blankson, Lydia – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2011
Although many teacher training programs and school districts offer courses and workshops on technology integration in instruction, research shows that teachers still face major challenges especially as it relates to selecting and using developmentally appropriate technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. The current study examines the…
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Software Selection, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Evaluation Criteria
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Guha, Mona Leigh; Druin, Allison; Montemayor, Jaime; Chipman, Gene; Farber, Allison – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2007
This paper develops a model of children's storytelling using Physically-Oriented Technology (SPOT). The SPOT model draws upon literature regarding current physical storytelling technologies and was developed using a grounded theory approach to qualitative research. This empirical work focused on the experiences of 18 children, ages 5-6, who worked…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Design Requirements, Story Telling, Technology Integration
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Eskicioglu, Ahmet M.; Kopec, Danny – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2003
With the recent technological developments, an opportunity has emerged to introduce more efficient instruction into the classroom. The traditional blackboard approach is gradually giving way to more interaction between the instructor and students. Multimedia can be defined to be multiple forms of media (text, graphics, images, animation, audio and…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Change