Alternate Endings: Developing Literacy and Interpersonal Skills in an Inclusive Classroom using iPads and Storybird

ID: 45253 Type: Roundtable
  1. Sarah Harnish and Lin Muilenburg, St. Mary's College of Maryland, United States

Tuesday, June 23 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Location: Salon A View on map

Presider: Ferdinand Guinko, Université Laval, Canada

Abstract: This study examines the use of iPads and the Storybird website in a first grade inclusion classroom for literacy instruction. Using the grouping without tracking model, the teacher formed student groups to differentiate instruction and to enhance students’ opportunities for socialization in the context of working towards a common goal to increase self-determination as well as content knowledge. Working in their small groups, students discussed alternate endings to a read-aloud story. Then, students created their alternate endings with graphics and text using the iPads and Storybird. Most first graders met or surpassed the learning objective, although some students had difficulty typing on the iPad.

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