DigiTXT: eBooks, iPods and Early Elementary

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DigiTXT: eBooks, iPods and Early Elementary

  1. 1. eTech Ohio Teacher Planning Grant Digital  Text   Ini-a-ve        
  2. 2. 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.    
  3. 3. DigiTXT Key Components 1.  Science-­‐based  Prac@ce     2.  Core  Early  Literacy  Skills   3.  Knowledgeable  Prac@cing  Teachers   partnering  with  Pre-­‐service  Teachers     4.  Suppor@ve  Learning  Environment    
  4. 4. 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  
  5. 5. DigiTXT Partners The   Coventry   Green   Tallmadge   University   Local   Local   City   of  Akron   Schools   Schools   Schools  
  6. 6. DigiTXT Participants 1.  Center  for  Literacy  Staff   2.  Teachers   3.  Administrators   4.  UA  College  of  Educa@on  Faculty   5.  UA  Students  
  7. 7. The eBook at School •  Quality  of   children’s  first   eBooks   •  Poten@al  of   good  eBooks   •  Pedagogy  of   first  and  good   eBooks  in  K-­‐2  
  8. 8. Our BIG Question What  might  e-­‐book  pedagogy  look  like?    
  9. 9. DigiTXT Research Process Phase  1:   Phase  2:   Phase  3:   eBook   Environment   Instruc@on   4  weeks   4  weeks   4  weeks  
  10. 10. eBook Shared Reading •  Teacher  shares  eBooks  with  small  groups    
  11. 11. eBook Shared Reading •  Takes  place  in  the  eBook  Nook  
  12. 12. eBook Shared Reading •  U@lizes  touchscreen  PCs  and  mobile   learning  devices    
  13. 13. 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  
  14. 14. 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  
  15. 15. 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  
  16. 16. 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  
  17. 17. 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  
  18. 18. Questions hfp://digitxt.ning.com/  

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