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Engaging K-3 Students in Science and Literacy Through Interactive Ebooks

Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

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Monday, June 25, 8:30–10:00 am
Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Leisa Clark  
Interactive ebooks meaningfully engage students in learning science, English language arts and mathematics by allowing students to actively explore content through the integrated use of text and multimedia. In this session we'll explore how the content of interactive ebooks can be integrated into classroom practice.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Optional app for tablet devices.
iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nsta-reader/id973488216?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.nsta.ereader

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Facilitator
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Interactive e-books meaningfully engage students in learning science, English language arts, and mathematics by allowing students to actively explore content through the integrated use of text and multimedia—simulations, animations, videos, audio, slide shows, on-page self-assessment. During this session, we will explore how the tools and content comprising interactive e-books enable students to utilize claim-evidence-reasoning strategies while immersed in an e-book. In addition, strategies for implementing hands-on activities, writing prompts, and mathematics problems that relate to e-book content and extend classroom learning will be shared. Exploring the e-books and the extension strategies will reinforce how science content effectively engages K-3 students in multidisciplinary learning and leads to a deeper, more connected understanding of science, English language arts, and mathematics.

Outline

I. Introduction (5 minutes)
• Log into an e-book account provided by presenter.
• Introduction

II. There’s a Bed Hanging from the Tree: Exploring Pushes and Pulls (15 minutes)
• Engage in the interactive elements of an e-book about push and pull forces (5 minutes)
• Walk through extension activities (writing prompts, mathematical connections, differentiated learning, and hands-on activities) that tie to the content and can be used in your classroom (10 minutes)

III. Sound All Around: Exploring Sound (30 minutes)
• Engage in the interactive elements of an e-book about sound (5 minutes)
• With help from the e-book, work in teams to come up with other ways this topic can be integrated into the classroom (10 minutes)
• Share ideas (5 minutes)
• View suggested writing prompts, mathematical connections, differentiated learning, and hands-on activities provided by the author (10 minutes)

III. What Makes them Special? Exploring Animals and Plants (30 minutes)
• Engage in the interactive elements of an e-book about animals and plants (5 minutes)
• With help from the e-book, work in teams to come up with other ways this topic can be integrated into the classroom (10 minutes)
• Share ideas (5 minutes)
• View suggested writing prompts, mathematical connections, differentiated learning, and hands-on activities provided by the author (10 minutes)

IV. Explore a few other interactive science e-books (5 minutes)
• Screenshots of other e-books
• Discuss ideas for use

V. Conclusion: All digital content can be taken into the classroom and used in multiple ways. Look at digital content through this lens. How will it work best in your classroom? (5 minutes)

Supporting research

1. Adams Becker, S., Freeman, A., Giesinger Hall, C., Cummins, M., and Yuhnke, B. (2016). NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
2. Bray, S., Raley, N., & Pinkus, A. (Eds.). (2012). Stories of Excellence. Retrieved from http://www.nais.org/Articles/SiteAssets/Pages/Stories-of-Excellence/NAIS-Excellence-Booklet-0924.pdf
3. Brown, S. (2015). Young Learners’ Transactions With Interactive Digital Texts Using E-Readers. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(1), 42-56.
4. Ciampa, K. (2012). Improving grade one students’ reading motivation with online electronic storybooks. Journal of Educational Media and Hypermedia, 21(1), 5-28.
5. Deeter, A. (2015, March). Infographic: Growth of K-12 Digital Learning. Retrieved from http://avichai.org/knowledge_base/onlineblended-learning-state-of-the-field-survey-summary-findings-report-2014/
6. Deloitte: 2016 Digital Education Survey. (2016). Retrieved from https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-digital-education-survey.pdf
7. Digital Content Goes to School. (2016, April 1). Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/misc/DigitalContentTrendsReport.pdf
8. Huang, Y., Liang, T., Su, Y., & Chen, N. (2012). Empowering personalized learning with an interactive e-book learning system for elementary school students. Educational Technology Research and Development, 60, 703-722.
9. Infographic: Growth of K-12 Digital Learning. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.connectionsacademy.com/news/growth-of-k-12-online-education-infographic
10. Jain, A., & Chawla, S. (2013). E-learning in the cloud. International Journal of Latest Research in Science and Technology, 2, 478-481.
11. Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/wp-content/uploads/Evergreen_KeepingPace_2015.pdf
12. Korat, O. (2010). Reading electronic book as a support for vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading in kindergarten and first grade. Computers & Education, 55, 24–31.
13. Rainie, L., & Anderson, J. (2017, May 3). The Future of Jobs and Job Training. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/03/the-future-of-jobs-and-jobs-training/
14. Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Education Technology Plan Update. (2017, January). Retrieved from https://tech.ed.gov/files/2017/01/NETP17.pdf
15. Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools 2.0. , Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2014). Retrieved from https://s3.amazonaws.com/edtech-production/reports/Teachers-Know-Best-2.0.pdf

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Leisa Clark, National Science Teachers Association

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