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Computers boosts literacy: Study

tech reviews Updated: Jun 19, 2009 17:32 IST
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Computers are helping to create one of the most literate and engaged generations the world has seen, an expert has claimed. Carl Whithaus, associate professor of writing at UC Davis, has revealed that computers along with traditional print-based literacy methods have proved to be a boon to academic achievement.

The study involving fourth-grade classrooms at elementary schools in the Elk Grove School District in Elk Grove showed that student achievement increased 27.5 per cent.

"We're finding that traditional print-based literacy is important. At the same time, we're seeing that the new technologies are not just eye candy," said Whithaus. "Traditional print-based reading and writing is only part of a much larger set of skills that students need in the 21st century," he added.