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From Kathie Nunley’s Educator’s Newsletter:
Four and five-year olds can benefit from computerized reading games, but only when given individualized feedback and correction. A Dutch study had a large group of low SES children use a computerized tutoring program to play games designed to improve literacy skills.
Half the children received individualized feedback including oral corrections from the computer.
Those children’s code-related literacy skills increased as a result. The children who played the games without the individualized feedback did not have skill improvement. It’s also interesting to note that children with inhibitory control problems scored disproportionately low when working in a computer environment without personalized feedback.
Kegel, C. & Bus, A. (2011). “Online tutoring as a pivotal quality of web-based early literacy programs.” Journal of Educational Psychology, preview, n.p.s.
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