Digital Text Initiative Pre-‐ServiceTeachers September, 2011
Agenda 1. Welcome 2. Program Overview 3. eBooks Overview 4. Observa>ons 5. Next Steps 6. Ques>ons
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.
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
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?
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
On-site Observations 1. Opportunity to visit a kindergarten, ﬁrst or second grade classroom 2. Collect video data 3. Complete a class project
Pre-Service Teacher Next Steps 1. Join the Ning 2. Join the Pre-‐Service Teachers group 3. Take the Pre-‐Survey linked on the Ning 4. Review the eBook Introduc>on material 5. Watch NING for announcements & instruc>ons