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Expert Says Computers Boost, Not Suppress, Literacy

by Rajashri on  June 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM Education News   - G J E 4
 Expert Says Computers Boost, Not Suppress, Literacy
Contrary to popular opinion, a leading expert has said that computers are helping to create one of the most literate and engaged generations the world has seen.
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Carl Whithaus, associate professor of writing at UC Davis, has revealed that computers along with traditional print-based literacy methods have proved to be a boon to academic achievement.

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The study involving fourth-grade classrooms at elementary schools in the Elk Grove School District in Elk Grove showed that student achievement increased 27.5 percent.

"We're finding that traditional print-based literacy is important. At the same time, we're seeing that the new technologies are not just eye candy," said Whithaus.

"Traditional print-based reading and writing is only part of a much larger set of skills that students need in the 21st century," he added.

Source: ANI
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