There have been few large-scale empirical studies of the effectiveness of educational software in improving student learning, even though educational technology has become a ubiquitous tool for learning both in and out of the classroom. The recently released report to Congress, "Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products: Findings from the First Student Cohort," (Dynarski et al., 2007) produced by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance aims to fill this gap. (The complete report can be downloaded from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pdf/20074005.pdf).
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