Not really teaching

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In your very interesting and well-researched article, “Equity the goal for technology,” (September 2006), you talk about Accelerated Reader as an “educational software” package.

While this may be technically correct—since the software has no other use but in schools—Accelerated Reader should be referred to as “assessment software” because it does not actually teach anything. It just assesses what a student has gained from reading a book.

Craig A. Cunningham

Associate professor, National College of Education, National-Louis University