Improving technology literacy: Does it open doors to traditional content?

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This study investigated whether an identifiable link existed between gains in technology literacy and achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language arts. Normal curve equivalent (NCE) content score changes from TerraNova assessments were calculated for approximately 5,000 students from fourth- to fifth-grade and 5,000 students from seventh- to eighth-grade. These changes were compared to relative gains from a pre- to post-assessment in technology literacy. The rationale that a correlation might be expected is grounded in two ideas: (1) technology literacy gains lead to heightened subject specific confidence, and (2) technology literacy gains reflect improved ability to use technology as a mediator of new learning. If correct, both of these conjectures would predict increased academic achievement among students experiencing gains in technology literacy. Results provided evidence of such connections between technology literacy gains and language arts skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010


  • Achievement
  • Language arts
  • Student achievement
  • Technology literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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