DigiTXT Teacher Kick-Off

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DigiTXT Teacher Kick-Off

  1. 1. Digital Text Initiative Teacher  Kick-­‐Off             September  15,  2011    
  2. 2. Agenda 1.  Welcome   2.  Program  Overview   3.  Introduc?ons   4.  eBooks  Overview   5.  Par?cipant  Expecta?ons   6.  Next  Steps   7.  Ques?ons    
  3. 3. What is DigiTXT? •  The  University  of  Akron  has  been  awarded   funding  from  the  eTech  Ohio  Commission  for   the  purpose  of  expanding  the  use  of   technology  in  the  teaching  and  learning   environment.   •  DigiTXT  will  serve  to  increase  informa?on  and   communica?on  technology  (ICT)  usage  among   early  elementary  students  in  Summit  County.    
  4. 4. 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    
  5. 5. 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  
  6. 6. DigiTXT Partners The   Coventry   Green   Tallmadge   University   Local   Local   City   of  Akron   Schools   Schools   Schools  
  7. 7. Introductions 1.  Center  for  Literacy  Staff   –  AKCELsupport@uakron.edu   2.  Teachers   3.  Administrators   4.  UA  College  of  Educa?on  Faculty   5.  UA  Students  
  8. 8. The eBook at School •  Quality  of   children’s  first   eBooks   •  Poten?al  of   good  eBooks   •  Pedagogy  of   first  and  good   eBooks  in  K-­‐2  
  9. 9. Our BIG Question What  might  e-­‐book  pedagogy  look  like?    
  10. 10. Akron Ready Steps Prototype •  Developed  over  the  course  of  2  years  in  an   Early  Reading  First  Program.   eBook   Environment   Engagement   Instruc?on   •  Design   •  Time   •  Screen   •  Essen?als   •  Content   •  Place   Reading   •  Evidence-­‐ •  Tools   based  
  11. 11. DigiTXT Research Process Phase  1:   Phase  2:   Phase  3:   eBook   Environment   Instruc?on   4  weeks   4  weeks   4  weeks  
  12. 12. eBook Shared Reading •  Teacher  shares  eBooks  with  small  groups    
  13. 13. eBook Shared Reading •  Takes  place  in  the  eBook  Nook  
  14. 14. eBook Shared Reading •  U?lizes  touchscreen  PCs  and  mobile   learning  devices    
  15. 15. Procedures •  Pre-­‐selected  4  eBooks   –  Iden4fied  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  
  16. 16. District Equipment Classrooms   1.  Asus  EeeTop  Touchscreen  PC   2.  External  Webcam   3.  Kodak  Digital  Camera  w/  tripod   4.  Five  8GB  iPod  Touch   5.  Headphones   Administrators   1.  One  16GB  iPad  
  17. 17. 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   Honorarium  
  18. 18. 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   Honorarium  
  19. 19. Teacher Next Steps 1.  Build  your  eBook  Nook   2.  Select  your  4  students   3.  Send  home  Program  Welcome  Leher   4.  Collect  Assessment  &  Media  Release  forms   5.  Ahend  Web  Conference  PD  event  9/29/2011   6.  Watch  NING  for  announcements  &  instruc?ons  
  20. 20. Wrap-Up & Questions hhp://digitxt.ning.com/  

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