Using Animation in Microsoft PowerPoint to Enhance Engagement and Learning in Young Learners With Developmental Delay

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Over the past decade, a wide array of instructional technology applications have found their way into early intervention settings (Anderson, Grant, & Speck, 2008; Parette, Blum, Boeckmann, & Watts, 2009; Siraj-Blatchford & Whitebread, 2003). Of particular importance to young learners who evidence developmental delays or are at risk for school failure are those technologies with the potential to more effectively teach basic emergent literacy skills such as the following:

  • Phonemic awareness (Torgesen, Wagner, Rashotte, Herron, & Lindamood, 2010).
  • Alphabetic principle (Travers, 2010). * Word recognition (Hitchcock & Noonan, 2000).
  • Alliteration (Blum & Watts, 2008).
  • Comprehension (Blok, Oostdam, Otter, & Overmaat, 2002).

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