eTech Ohio Teacher Planning Grant Digital Text Ini-a-ve
What is DigiTXT? • The University of Akron awarded funding from the eTech Ohio Commission for the purpose of expanding the use of technology in the teaching and learning environment. • DigiTXT serves to increase informa@on and communica@on technology (ICT) usage among an es@mated 250 K-‐2 students, 40 pre-‐service teachers and 20 prac@cing teachers and administrators in Summit County.
DigiTXT Goals 1. Develop Best Prac@ces in Shared eBook Reading 2. Integrate Core Early Literacy Skills with Digital Literacy Skills 3. Design 21st Century Learning Spaces
DigiTXT Partners The Coventry Green Tallmadge University Local Local City of Akron Schools Schools Schools
DigiTXT Participants 1. Center for Literacy Staﬀ 2. Teachers 3. Administrators 4. UA College of Educa@on Faculty 5. UA Students
The eBook at School • Quality of children’s ﬁrst eBooks • Poten@al of good eBooks • Pedagogy of ﬁrst and good eBooks in K-‐2
Our BIG Question What might e-‐book pedagogy look like?
DigiTXT Research Process Phase 1: Phase 2: Phase 3: eBook Environment Instruc@on 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
eBook Shared Reading • Teacher shares eBooks with small groups
eBook Shared Reading • Takes place in the eBook Nook
eBook Shared Reading • U@lizes touchscreen PCs and mobile learning devices
Procedures • Pre-‐selected eBooks – Iden-ﬁed target words – Pre/post CBDM on vocabulary • (repeated rreadings 2x per week eBook eadings) • Individual re-‐reads on mobile • Video-‐taped observa@ons – Lesson Plans • Debriefs
District Equipment Classrooms 1. Asus EeeTop Touchscreen PC 2. External Webcam 3. Kodak Digital Camera w/ tripod 4. Four 8GB iPod Touch 5. Headphones Administrators 1. One 16GB iPad
Pre-Service Teacher Expectations 1. Par@cipate in year-‐long professional development 2. Par@cipate in teacher surveys, debriefs and interviews 3. Field Experience in a kindergarten, ﬁrst or second grade classroom 4. Collect video data 5. Complete a class project
Teacher Expectations 1. Par@cipate in year-‐long professional development 2. Par@cipate in teacher surveys, debriefs and interviews 3. Complete eBook instruc@onal protocol, lesson plans & @me log 4. Facilitate CBDM Assessment 5. Mentor pre-‐service teachers during observa@on periods
Administrator Expectations 1. Provide ongoing support teachers in their eﬀort 2. Par@cipate in year-‐long professional development 3. Par@cipate in surveys, debriefs and interviews 4. Facilitate Classroom Walkthrough Observa@ons 5. Mentor pre-‐service teachers during observa@on periods