Perspectives on Language and Literacy (2007)

Computer Assisted Instruction: Successful Only with Proper Implementation

This article, Perspectives on Language and Literacy (2007), highlights the importance of strong implementation of computer-based instruction to support reading gains and discusses how to address implementation challenges in classroom settings.

This article highlights three key challenges to effective implementation: 

  • The first challenge is for the school systems to provide sufficient technical support to run the software programs.

  • The second is to ensure that the software programs are integrated properly into the reading curriculum. But even if these two challenges are met, the efficacy of the software hinges on meeting a third challenge, which is establishing sufficient use of the software programs by the students.

  • This third challenge is the focus of this article and will be discussed in the context of two research studies—one with a high-use pattern and the second with weaker use. ​