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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (Oct 15, 2007) p. 7358
ABRACADABRA (ABRA) is a literacy instruction tool which has been shown to have positive effects on several critical areas of reading development with both pre-readers and those readers who have been deemed 'at-risk. ABRA, is a highly interactive web-...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (Oct 18, 2011) pp. 1630–1636
In this presentation the authors will describe their work with a Canadian school district who selected a web based tool as one of their early literacy sources to support their kindergarten and grade one students. Student’s engagement and motivation...
ABRACADABRA: Progress in the development, Implementation and effectiveness of a web-based literacy resource
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (Oct 15, 2007) pp. 6530–6536
ABRACADABRA, A Balanced Reading Approach for Canadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All (http://grover.concordia.ca/ABRA/php2006/ abracadabra.html), is a reading intervention being developed by the Centre for the Study of Learning and...
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness Vol. 2, No. 3 (2009) pp. 250–286
Inattention is often associated with reduced response to reading intervention. This study explored attention as a predictor of individual variation in response to a free-access Web-based literacy intervention, ABRACADABRA (http://abralite.concordia...
Journal of Educational Psychology Vol. 101, No. 3 (August 2009) pp. 590–604
This study reports a randomized controlled trial evaluation of a computer-based balanced literacy intervention, ABRACADABRA (http://grover.concordia.ca/abra/version1/abracadabra.html). Children (N = 144) in Grade 1 were exposed either to computer...
A Randomised Efficacy Study of Web-Based Synthetic and Analytic Programmes among Disadvantaged Urban Kindergarten Children
Journal of Research in Reading Vol. 32, No. 1 (February 2009) pp. 92–108
This study explores whether two computer-based literacy interventions--a "synthetic phonics" and an "analytic phonics" approach produce qualitatively distinct effects on the early phonological abilities and reading skills of disadvantaged urban...
Journal of Research in Reading Vol. 35, No. 1 (February 2012) pp. 69–86
This paper reports the follow-up of a randomised control trial study of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy intervention that contrasted synthetic versus analytic phonics (Comaskey, Savage & Abrami, 2009) in kindergarten children from urban low-SES...
Evaluating Teacher’s Support Requests When Just-In-Time Instructional Support Is Provided to Introduce a Primary Level Web-Based Reading Program
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 19, No. 4 (October 2011) pp. 499–525
Support requests were documented for 10 teachers (4 kindergarten, 4 grade one, and 2 grade one/two teachers) who received just-in-time instructional support over a 2 ½ month period while implementing a novel reading software program as part of...
Assessing the Content and Quality of Commercially Available Reading Software Programs: Do They Have the Fundamental Structures to Promote the Development of Early Reading Skills in Children?
NHSA Dialog Vol. 15, No. 4 (2012) pp. 319–342
The current study developed a taxonomy of reading skills and compared this taxonomy with skills being trained in 30 commercially available software programs designed to teach emergent literacy or literacy-specific skills for children in preschool,...
Using computer-based instruction to improve Indigenous early literacy in Northern Australia: A quasi-experimental study
Jennifer Wolgemuth; Robert Savage; Janet Helmer; Tess Lea; Helen Harper; Kalotina Chalkiti; Christine Bottrell; Phil Abrami
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 27, No. 4 (Jan 01, 2011)
The effectiveness of a web-based reading support tool, ABRACADABRA, to improve the literacy outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students was evaluated over one semester in several Northern Territory primary schools in 2009. ABRACADABRA is...
ABRACADABRA in the hands of teachers: The effectiveness of a web-based literacy intervention in grade 1 language arts programs
Computers & Education Vol. 55, No. 2 (September 2010) pp. 911–922
This study explored how teacher variations in use of a web-technology of known effectiveness, affected growth in literacy. Teachers used ABRACADACABRA (ABRA) (http://grover.concordia.ca/abra/version1/abracadabra.html), in Grade 1 Language Arts...
Developing Tools for Assessing and Using Commercially Available Reading Software Programs to Promote the Development of Early Reading Skills in Children
NHSA Dialog Vol. 15, No. 4 (2012) pp. 350–354
As computers become an increasingly ubiquitous part of young children's lives there is a need to examine how best to harness digital technologies to promote learning in early childhood education contexts. The development of emergent literacy skills...
Examining the Impact of ABRACADABRA on Early Literacy in Northern Australia: An Implementation Fidelity Analysis
Journal of Educational Research Vol. 107, No. 4 (2014) pp. 299–311
To address students' poor literacy outcomes, an intervention using a computer-based literacy tool, ABRACADABRA, was implemented in 6 Northern Australia primary schools. A pretest, posttest parallel group, single blind multisite randomized...