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Keywords

Interactive whiteboards; Educational technology; Literacy--Study and teaching (Early childhood);

Abstract

This study investigates how an interactive whiteboard can be used to teach literacy skills in an early childhood classroom. The study group includes a total of 15 kindergarten students from a rural school district who received literacy instruction with an interactive whiteboard integrated into instruction for one school year. The class consisted of six girls and nine boys. There were no students receiving additional support for special needs. While the teacher acted as a facilitator with the technology, the students were active participants in whole group reading lessons focusing on literacy in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Assessment of students took place through anecdotal notes through group discussion, student work, quarterly district reading assessments, and a questionnaire given at two different times during the school year. The results indicate that the use of an interactive whiteboard in literacy instruction can increase student engagement, motivate writing, and provide equal opportunity and availability of text.

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Lynn E. Nielsen

Date Original

2013

Object Description

1 PDF file (87 p.)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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