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The effects of computer use on academic achievement

This study examined the effects of using technology and the First in Math™ online program with students with learning disabilities to increase fluency of multiplication facts. The twelve students used in the study qualify for special education and have processing deficits which impede academic performance. They receive small group instruction for some part of their day with the Resource Specialist teacher. The twelve students were put into two groups, a control and experimental group. All twelve students were given a three minute timed pretest to determine a baseline for fluency of multiplication facts. The students in the experimental group used the First in Math™ online program for four weeks, 10 minutes per day, four times per week in addition to their small group math instruction in the resource room. The control group did not use the First in Math TM online program and only received their small group math instruction in the resource room. At the end of the four week study, all twelve students were given a three minute timed posttest. The results of the study indicate that the students who used the First in Math™ online program, in addition to their math instruction, made substantially more progress in fluency of multiplication facts. KEYWORDS: First in MathTM, learning disabilities, math software, resource room, resource specialist program

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