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WWC IREDWE07 Waterford Early Reading Level One™
Waterford Early Reading Level One™ is an emergent literacy curriculum that uses computer-based technology to prepare children for reading. It begins with a tutorial to familiarize the child with the computer and mouse and a reading placement evaluation to assess and determine whether a child should work on Level One objectives: capital letters, lowercase letters, or beginning decoding skills. The computerized instruction is supplemented by activities for phonological and phonemic awareness, letter recognition, knowledge of story and print concepts, and general readiness skills.
WWC IRBRRN07 Read Naturally
Read Naturally is designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audiotapes, and computer software. According to the developer's website, this program has three main strategies: repeated reading of text for developing oral reading fluency, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by the students themselves and by teachers. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and work, for the most part, on an independent basis. The program has two versions. In one, students use audiocassettes or CDs in conjunction with hard-copy reading materials. In the second version students use the Read Naturally computer program alone. The Read Naturally program is designed to increase time spent reading.
WWC IRBRWER07 Waterford Early Reading Program
Waterford Early Reading Program™ is a software-based curriculum for students in Kindergarten through second grade. The curriculum is designed to promote reading, writing, and typing, incorporating literacy skills such as letter mastery, language stories, spelling, basic writing skills, reading and listening development, and comprehension strategies. It can be used as a supplement to the regular reading curriculum. Program materials include classroom lessons and take-home materials in addition to the Waterford software. Waterford Early Reading Program™ offers pretest placement and posttest assessments, in addition to ongoing assessments throughout the program.
WWC IRBRFFW07 Fast ForWord®
Fast ForWord® is a family of computer-based products. According to the developer's website, the programs help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. Participants spend 30 to 100 minutes a day, five days a week, for four to 16 weeks with these adaptive exercises. Fast ForWord® Language builds fundamental cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing in the context of key language and reading skills, including listening accuracy, phonological awareness, and language structures. Programs in the Fast ForWord® to Reading series provide the next sequence of cognitive skills designed to help students acquire reading skills.
WWC IRBRFFR07 Failure Free Reading
Failure Free Reading is a language development program designed to improve vocabulary, fluency, word recognition, and reading comprehension for kindergarten through grade 12 students who score in the bottom 15% on standardized tests and who have not responded to conventional beginning reading instruction. The three key dimensions of the program are repeated exposure to text, predictable sentence structures, and story concepts that require minimal prior knowledge. The program combines systematic, scripted teacher instruction, talking software, workbook exercises, and independent reading activities. The program is delivered through small group or individual instruction.
WWC IRELRN07 Read Naturally
Read Naturally is designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audio-tapes, and computer software. This program includes three main strategies: repeated reading of English text for oral reading fluency development, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by teachers. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and work, for the most part, on an independent basis. The Read Naturally strategy is designed to increase time spent reading by combining teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Although the program was not originally developed for English language learners (ELL), materials for these students are now available.
WWC IRMSCT07 Cognitive Tutor® Algebra I
Cognitive Tutor® Algebra I, a full year course, delivers instruction in single variable data, simplifying linear expressions, mathematical modeling, solving systems with linear equations, problem solving using proportional reasoning, and powers and exponents. Students work at their own pace to develop problem-solving skills. The duration of each lesson can vary, depending on the length of a school's class period. Generally, three periods a week are spent using the Cognitive Tutor® Algebra I text for classroom activities, and two are spent in the computer lab using the Cognitive Tutor® Algebra I software.
WWC IRBRRWT07 Read, Write & Type!™
Read, Write & Type!™ Learning System is a software program with supporting materials designed to teach beginning reading skills by emphasizing writing as a way to learn to read. The program was developed for six- to nine-year-old students who are just beginning to read and for students who are struggling readers and writers. The main goal of Read, Write & Type!™ is to help students develop an awareness of the 40 English phonemes and the ability to associate each phoneme with a letter or a combination of letters and a finger stroke on the keyboard. Other goals of the program include identifying phonemes in words and fluency in sounding out, typing, and reading regularly spelled words.
WWC IRESHM07REV Houghton Mifflin Mathematics
Houghton Mifflin Mathematics is a core curriculum for kindergarten through grade 6 students at all ability levels. According to its developer, Houghton Mifflin Mathematics emphasizes the five content strands and processes recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. At each grade level the program focuses on basic skills development, problem solving, and vocabulary expansion to help students master key math concepts. The program incorporates assessments—including lesson-level interventions to meet the needs of all learners—to monitor students' progress. Students practice daily math lessons through instructional software, enrichment worksheets, manipulatives, and workbooks in addition to student textbooks.
WWC IRBRADD07 Auditory Discrimination in Depth (ADD)® / Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS)®
The Auditory Discrimination in Depth (ADD) Program® (currently called the Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS) Program®) is designed to teach students skills to successfully decode words and to identify individual sounds and blends in words. Initial activities engage students in discovering the lip, tongue, and mouth actions needed to produce specific sounds. After students are able to produce, label, and organize the sounds with their mouths, subsequent activities in sequencing, reading, and spelling use the oral aspects of sounds to identify and order them within words. The program also offers direct instruction in letter patterns, sight words, and context clues in reading. The Auditory Discrimination in Depth Program® is individualized to meet students' needs and is often used with students who have learning disabilities or difficulties. The version of the program tested here involved computer-supported activities.
NCEE 20074005 Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products: Findings from the First Student Cohort
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance produced this major study of the effectiveness of education technology. Mandated by Congress, the report uses scientifically based research methods and control groups to focus on the impact of technology on student academic achievement. The main findings of the study are:
  • Test scores were not significantly higher in classrooms using the reading and mathematics software products than those in control classrooms. In each of the four groups of products-reading in first grade and in fourth grade, mathematics in sixth grade, and high school algebra-the evaluation found no significant differences in student achievement between the classrooms that used the technology products and classrooms that did not.
  • There was substantial variation between schools regarding the effects on student achievement. Although the study collected data on many school and classroom characteristics, only two characteristics were related to the variation in reading achievement. For first grade, effects were larger in schools that had smaller student-teacher ratios (a measure of class size). For fourth grade, effects were larger when treatment teachers reported higher levels of use of the study product.
Thirty-three districts, 132 schools, and 439 teachers participated in the study. Sixteen products were selected for the study based on public submissions and ratings by a study team and expert review panels.
WWC IRECWC07 Words and Concepts
Words and Concepts is a computer software program that focuses on building oral language skills related to vocabulary, comprehension, word relationships, and other concepts in six units—vocabulary, categorization, word identification by function, word association, concept of same, and concept of different. It can be used by adults and children with varying special needs, including language-learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical impairments, hearing and vision impairments, and autism.
WWC IRMSEM06 The Expert Mathematician
The Expert Mathematician is designed to help middle school students develop the thinking processes for mathematical applications and communication. A three-year program of instruction, The Expert Mathematician uses a software and consumable print materials package with 196 lessons that teach the Logo programming language. Each lesson ranges from 40–120 minutes, or one to three class periods. The Expert Mathematician coursework combines integrated computer software with workbook activities. A test of unit concepts is administered at the end of each instructional unit. The developer used the computer program LogoWriter to develop the curriculum, which covers general mathematics, pre-algebra, and algebra I. The developer describes the curriculum as covering the range of concepts and content areas in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards.
WWC IRELFF06 Fast ForWord Language
Fast ForWord Language is a computer-based instructional program developed to build cognitive skills students need to improve English language proficiency and reading skill. It consists of seven game-like exercises, including nonverbal and verbal sound discrimination, phonological processing, vocabulary recognition, and language comprehension. Each exercise begins with basic skills and builds up to more complex skills. The difficulty of each task is continuously adapted so that students would get about 80% of the items correct. Fast ForWord Language was designed for students struggling with reading, but has been used for English language learners. There are multiple Fast ForWord products; this review focuses on Fast ForWord Language as used with English language learners.
WWC IRECEDQ06 DaisyQuest
DaisyQuest is a software bundle that offers computer-assisted instruction in phonological awareness, targeting children aged three to seven years (or preschool to second grade). The instructional activities, framed in a fairy tale involving a search for a friendly dragon named Daisy, teach children how to recognize words that rhyme; words that have the same beginning, middle, and ending sounds; and words that can be formed from a series of phonemes presented separately, as well as how to count the number of sounds in words. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) also reviewed the effects of DaisyQuest on the beginning reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade and the findings are reported in a separate WWC intervention report.
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