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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
Technology is being used in almost every way imaginable to improve our lives.This has thankfully been the case in education, where technology has been used to improve literacy. Find out how this is so in this lesson.

Literacy & Tech

Can we ever fully replace a teacher with technology? At least in today's age, no. But, we most definitely can use technology in schools to help students in all sorts of endeavors, including literacy. There are all sorts of ways we can improve literacy development and education with technology. Let's go over a few of the latest examples of this.

Increasing Literacy Rates

When I say literacy, I, of course, mean the ability to read and write. What kind of technology can we turn to nowadays to improve literacy? Well, one of the most well-known ways to improve literacy, especially spelling, is through the use of word processing programs, specifically those that utilize word-prediction software. It has been shown that students that have spelling problems can increase the amount of words they spell correctly quite dramatically if they use word-prediction software as they type. This type of software produces lists of words that are compatible with the letters the student is typing on the screen. It's sort of like the auto-complete function found in some text messaging programs on smartphones nowadays.

Another way to improve literacy rates is to bring the teacher home. In the old days, students would sit in the classroom, learn as much as they could, and then go home and try to sort things out basically on their own. This does have its positives, but having the ability to essentially take a teacher home with you has its positive as well. In one instance, literacy rates were improved when students were able to take home an MP3 player where a teacher read a story, much like they would in a classroom. As the student listened to the story at home, they could follow along with more traditional means, like a book, a question and answer packet, and so forth. The home learning session would then be solidified the next day at school.

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