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MS in Literacy Education




Technology continues to change and shape literacy instruction. This study asked the question; how do literacy apps increase student engagement and retention of reading comprehension and spelling skills? The study was completed at the campus of Northern Flamingo College (Pseudonym) in Western, NY with two elementary aged participants. Participants completed reading comprehension and spelling activities on paper, also in apps on an iPad. The findings revealed that student engagement and spelling skills did not increase when using an app over paper. Further, the findings showed mixed results in reading scores and engagement. The implications from this study are that further research should be completed and teachers should use multiple instruction techniques on varying mediums to increase student engagement and learning.

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