Technology infusion in success for all: Reading outcomes for first graders

Bette CHAMBERS, Robert E. SLAVIN, Nancy A. MADDEN, Philip C. ABRAMI, Bradley J. TUCKER, Chi Keung Alan CHEUNG, Richard GIFFORD

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This article evaluates 2 technology applications for teaching beginning reading. One, embedded multimedia, involves brief phonics and vocabulary videos threaded through teachers’ lessons. The other, computer-assisted tutoring, helps tutors with planning, instruction, and assessment. An experiment in 2 high-poverty, high-minority Success for All schools compared 159 first-grade students randomly assigned to technology or nontechnology conditions in a year-long study. Across all students, significant differences favored the technology condition on Woodcock Letter-Word Identification and Word Attack and GORT Fluency and Total scales (median ES 0.28). Tutored first graders who received both technology enhancements scored significantly higher on the GORT, Woodcock Letter- Word and Word Attack, Fluency, Comprehension, and Total scales (median ES 0.53). Nontutored students who experienced just the embedded multimedia scored significantly higher than nontutored control students on Woodcock Letter-Word Identification and GORT Total scores, and marginally higher on GORT Fluency (median ES 0.27). Results suggested that video and computer technology embedded in instruction may accelerate children’s learning. Copyright © 2008 The University of Chicago.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalThe Elementary School Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


Chambers, B., Slavin, R. E., Madden, N. A., Abrami, P. C., Tucker, B. J. Cheung, A., et al. (2008). Technology infusion in success for all: Reading outcomes for first graders. The Elementary School Journal, 109(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1086/592364


  • Achievement
  • Cognitive load
  • Multimedia
  • Program
  • Randomized field trial
  • Skills
  • Tutoring systems


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