Research Sites Updates
Updates
Each of the research sites listed below has been working on a strand of research supported by funding from the National Center for Supported eText (NCSeT). The overall goal for each research site is to identify effective etext supports and investigate the conditions under which these supports have a positive impact on the literacy and learning of students with disabilities.

2008-9 Research at Ohio State

As technology continues to change the skills needed to navigate the 21st century, schools are being challenged to promote technology supported learning; integrate technology-based assessments; and ensure that both teachers and students are literate in information computer technologies. In the coming year the NCSeT Research Team at Ohio State University will examine the effects of guided notes and ClickSpeak screen reader software on academic achievement of a sophomore class of students with disabilities enrolled in an English resource room.

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2008 Update for the Educational Development Center

 Education Development Center in Newton, MA is continuing its work in the coming year with a research study to investigate the impact on the social studies content knowledge of middle school students using online reference tools (Visual Thesaurus and Merriam-Webster Online) in conjunction with research-based reading strategy instruction.
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2008-9 Research Update for the University of Kentucky
During the 2008-9 school year, the research group at the University of Kentucky will conduct a new study of the use of Read & Write Gold in two Kentucky school districts. The study will look at how to increase student access to the general curriculum through increased availability and use of ETEXT technology with the anticipated outcome of gains in reading comprehension and student achievement.
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Fall 2008 Update at UGA
In our studies at the University of Georgia with students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, we used an interactive computer-based program to teach students how to develop a graphic organizer in order to help them better comprehend recipes presented to them in e-text format.
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2008-9 Research at Ohio State

As technology continues to change the skills needed to navigate the 21st century, schools are being challenged to promote technology supported learning; integrate technology-based assessments; and ensure that both teachers and students are literate in information computer technologies. In the coming year the NCSeT Research Team at Ohio State University will examine the effects of guided notes and ClickSpeak screen reader software on academic achievement of a sophomore class of students with disabilities enrolled in an English resource room.

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Michigan State University Update

This study investigates the use of translational resources, using the text-to-speech tools in WYNN (Freedom Scientific) to improve students’ comprehension of social studies text.

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Fordham University Update
This study investigates the effects of supported etext with English to-Spanish translations of content-specific vocabulary and content-specific sentences on the reading comprehension of adolescents who have learning disabilities, are ESL/ELL learners and who have Spanish as their first language.
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Collier County Update
This study investigates two types of notational resources in the WYNN electronic reading environment within a randomized controlled trial: digital voice notes and digital text notes.
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