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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 http://www.katherinemcknight.com/ for RTI International.

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

    https://samuelmcneill.com/2017/10/24/research-improving-literacy-with-learning-tools/

    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.

    Cheers

    Sam

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