I wanted to know if having my students use an online platform for reading, while I worked with small groups, was improving their comprehension and integration of knowledge and ideas due to positive prolonged engagement. I decided to use a test that most schools use to check for reading comprehension level. This was a mixed methods study using a pre-experimental one-group pretest and posttest design. Quantitative data was collected with a Reading Inventory (RI). Students’ RI score prior to the study was used as the pretest and their RI after the TumbleBooks reading as their posttest. The study explored the effects of offering the students an online component (TumbleBooks/ Epic!) to complete their independent reading and active participation in writing. The study took place over two consecutive school weeks during English Language Arts. The qualitative data for the study measured students’ engagement through their daily reading journal responses. Students wrote about what they read based on various prompts. The prompts asked them to make a personal connection to their reading. The study assumed that connection about their reading was a proxy for engagement in the reading. A reading response guideline and scoring guide was also provided for the students to check their work as they constructed their response. The students were given 15 minutes to write their response. After the 15 minutes the teacher asked them to draw a line at the bottom of their response. The pre- and post-tests measured students’ comprehension on children’s literature. The students’ journals were kept as student work samples to compare student engagement with a book as opposed to TumbleBooks/ Epic!.
Results from the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey
At the end of the year I gave my students the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey for reading from a book and reading using an online platform. The survey showed that 30 out of 32 students preferred using the online platform for independent reading.
In general I addressed the common core standards for English Language Arts, Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, & Language.
Check out the Lessons and How-To's Link to find lessons and tutorial videos I used and found helpful in the classroom. In the References Link you can find links to the websites and articles/ presentations I found helpful in guiding my research on TPACK, Transliteracy and 21st Century skills in the classroom. I also included links to most of the tools I used in my classroom. The Assessment Link will give guidance for how to assess your students at multiple levels.
This video gives a quick overview of the tools I explored and found useful in the classroom.