Using ICT to Foster (Pre) Reading and Writing Skills in Young Children


Voogt, Joke and McKenney, Susan (2008) Using ICT to Foster (Pre) Reading and Writing Skills in Young Children. Computers in the Schools, 24 (3-4). pp. 83-94. ISSN 0738-0569

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Abstract:This study examines how technology can support the development of emergent reading and writing skills in four- to five-year-old children. The research was conducted with PictoPal, an intervention which features a software package that uses images and text in three main activity areas: reading, writing, and authentic applications. This article reports on the effects of the PictoPal intervention on pupil literacy and communication skills. Two small-scale studies were conducted. Observation results from the first study showed that children are able to work independently with the program after a few instruction sessions. The second study showed a statistically significant learning effect of experimental versus control group scores after two months of using PictoPal in the classroom under the guidance of a parent volunteer. Further research is needed to arrive at a better understanding of these learning gains with a larger group of pupils.
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