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According to a report from the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment (1988), over 10,000 computer pro grams are currently being marketed. With such a large and divergent array of materials to choose from, software consumers need to understand exactly how programs they are considering for purchase function before they can be sure that any particular program will actually fit their specific classroom needs. Similarly, it is important to determine whether or not the programs are compatible with the teacher's philosophy of reading — reader-based, text-based or interactive (Leu and Kinzer, 1991).

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