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    Sam McNeill
    Reviewing some new research around Learning Tools from MSFT
    24 October
    Public discussion Created by Sam McNeill

    Kia ora katoa,

    I want to link to a review I've done of a recent research paper around whether or not Learning Tools (free via Microsoft) can support the literacy of students. This was conducted by for RTI International.

    My review, along with links to both the original research and my annotated copy, is included below:

    Full disclosure - for those who I don't know, I joined MSFT this year as part of their education team, but have a background in teaching both English and Social Sciences in Decile 2-3 high schools, as well as ICT Director at an independent schools in NZ.

    What I found most interesting about this research is it is a response to feedback from schools saying they want quicker turnaround on research that is relevant and up to date. This may, arguably, reduce the robustness of the research - I invite you to make up your own mind. I also call out the tendency of potential bias in any research around a commercial product, but I think the author certainly cautions the reader appropriately.

    I know there are many literacy experts in this forum so certainly welcome any feedback or insights you may want to share in response.



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