A new paper entitled Launching Successful Readers: the Role of ICT in Early-Grade Literacy Success has been published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Foundation. The intended audience is policy makers and educational technology developers. This intentionally brief report calls for interested parties to consider applying literacy research to addressing barriers to literacy growth and to the design of comprehensive literacy programs with the goal of avoiding the creation of more ineffective technology-based literacy programs. In brief, several main points are addressed:
- Sounds and letters matter.
- Comprehension matters.
- Knowledge matters.
- Quantity of practice matters.
- Motivation and personalization matter.
- Highly-effective teachers, parents and mentors matter the most.