Researchers have learned a great deal of information in the last 30 years about how humans acquire knowledge, and this understanding provides important insights for using technology to enhance students' reading skills.

At the 2008 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Vanderbilt University professor Ted Hasselbring discussed what researchers have discovered about the science of learning--and how software providers are using this information to create reading programs that work.

Only 38 percent of the students who aren't reading well by middle school will graduate from high school, Hasselbring warned in a Jan. 24 keynote session. He said there are two key...

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