Publisher(s): Council of the Great City Schools
Author(s): Hakuta, Kenji
Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York, Institute of Education Sciences
View Report (40 pages; 2.30MB; PDF)
Area of Focus: Digital Learning
The report describes the development and implementation of WordSift, a Web-based language development tool to help K-12 teachers teach academic vocabulary through visual, interactive representations of text. The report also presents findings from a preliminary research study on whether previewing science text with WordSift improved the reading comprehension of students.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=Teacher collaborators, who played an active role through every phase of the project, identified a number of potential uses for WordSift, including lesson preparation, the development of group activities, and literacy support for students.
=WordSift did not have a significant effect on studentsí reading comprehension.
-/=There was a significant negative treatment effect for girls and a slightly positive, though not significant, treatment effect for boys.
Focus: San Francisco
Subjects/Keywords: Adolescent; Children and Youth; Content Teacher; Elementary and Secondary Education; English Language Learner; High School Education; Language Development; Reading Comprehension; Science; Urban; Technology
+ Successful strategy
© Foundation Center
All Rights Reserved.