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What works in the lab may hit a wall in the classroom

Trials of the Abracadabra reading programme have shown it to be effective, but we are missing a trick if we assume such findings can be easily replicated in schools, writes Megan Dixon

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We are, it seems, addicted to our screens. And we cannot escape them, even in the classroom. Lessons that I’m involved in are frequently taught through a screen – either on a hand-held device or on an interactive whiteboard – and it is an easy assumption that such technology is somehow better than the more old-fashioned tools of paper, pencils and books.

Looking into that assumption, I came across the findings of a trial by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) of an online reading programme called Abracadabra, also known as Abra.

This programme was originally developed in Canada as a ...

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