New & digital literacies

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Presentation for the Making Waves with eLearning Conference in Lafayette, IN, 6-17-14. #elwave by Apple Distinguished Educator Jim Harmon


  • 1.New & Digital Literacies with the iPad Jim Harmon @jimharmon Euclid City Schools

2. What are new literacies? Made possible with new technology Different scholars dene it differently New technologies appear New social practices for literacy emerge Might include social media blogging video creation & sharing augmented reality 3. Why the iPad? It is a content creation device It is a desirable device It allows for differentiation of instruction 4. How does the use of iPads affect student literacies? 5. The scenario Three sections of sophomore English w/ iPads (w/teacher A) Six sections of sophomore English w/out iPads (w/teachers B & C) Mapped curriculum & common formative assessments Data collected included: A pre- & post self assessment Three benchmark (MAP) tests Ohio standardized test results (OGT) 6. Assessment Results Students with iPads: Had a an average RIT score 5 points higher on MAP tests than their peers Both Reading and Language Usage tests Five points = one full grade level Scored higher than peers on Ohio writing standardized test Were 5% more likely to pass Ohio reading and writing standardized tests 7. Students Self Perceptions Students with iPads: Were more realistic in identifying their own literacy abilities Were less likely to identify technology as a support to do well in English class Were 4% more likely to regularly attend class 8. Ohio Graduation Test Passage Rates 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 85 92 79 84 Reading Test Writing Test With iPads Without iPads For district results, visit 9. What students said: I think it is more effective when you get to use technology to read. It's more interesting, fun, and different. I think using an iPad to read or write is great. I think it helps me to read and write more because the technology is awesome. I honestly think I will read and write a lot more. 10. Average RIT Scores: Spring 2011 150 175 200 225 250 219.22 220.53214.81 215.74 Reading Test Language Test With iPads Without iPads For more on MAP testing visit 11. What students said: I believe from my experience that it would motivate others to want to read and write more. The iPads make things fun but I would write with or without the iPads. It helps me improve my comprehension and improves my motivation to read and write more; not just more, but more clearly and uently. 12. Students without iPads What one thing motivates you to attend English class? 13. Students with iPads What one thing motivates you to attend English class? 14. Lessons learned The iPads became ubiquitous to students in spite of it not being a 1:1 Students who did not use iPads were more likely to identify technology as a support in English class The use of Apps allowed for differentiation of learning for students Procient readers/writers experienced no negative effects from iPad integration 15. Lessons learned Although students who used iPads did not rate themselves higher than their peers in reading and writing ability, they performed better on assessments that measured these skills This suggests that the students without iPad access had an inated view of their own abilities the use of the iPad may have provided a more realistic and regular sense of the literate self 16. What does this mean for teachers? Teachers open to new tools provide more opportunities for differentiating instruction/ learning If teachers dont lead the way, who will? iPads excel in kinesthetic/tactile learning Far more interactive than traditional technologies iPads get students excited to learn and do Not to mention teachers 17. Apps for New Literacies iBooks (reading comprehension) Subtext (reading comprehension) Blogger (content generation/publishing/writing applications) Keynote (content generation/publishing/writing applications) Google Drive & Docs (content generation/writing applications) Puppet Pals HD/Toontastic (reading comprehension) 18. Future Directions Sharing data and best practices through iTunesU Classroom experience and shared experience Co-taught model 2012-13 w/special education teacher Continue to mentor teachers in tech use 19. Curated Resources 20. Other curated lists: 21. Twitter accounts for New & Digital Literacy @jimharmon @trendingedtech @Edudemic @edutopia @hpitler @elemenous