Best Evidence in Brief: Is the pen mightier than the computer?

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There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this study received an interesting title, is the pen mightier than the computer:

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in the UK has published a report assessing the impact of Abracadabra (ABRA), a 20-week online literacy program, on literacy outcomes for Year 1 students (kindergarten in the U.S.). ABRA is composed of phonic fluency and comprehension activities based around a series of age-appropriate texts and is designed to be delivered by a teaching assistant (TA) to groups of three to five students in four 15-minute sessions per week. The EEF evaluation tested the ABRA online intervention alongside a paper-based alternative using the same material.

Fifty-one schools were randomly assigned to receive either a version of the intervention or to act as a control school delivering business as usual. In the schools receiving the intervention, students were randomized to receive the online intervention…

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