Effective Projects Case Study
Using iPods to enrich
the literacy program in first grade at Claremont School District
is a story about a project that started 9/1/2007.
For more information, please contact: Kristen Reed
Students in my heterogeneously mixed first grade classroom
use iPods to enrich their literacy learning.
The activities students participate in are: listening to stories and then doing
activities related to the story, a Reading First listening center (listen
& do activies focused on phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary,
fluency, and comprehension), recording their readings (using an iPod and
iTalk) throughout the year and listening to their progress. Recordings have been put in the students
digital portfolios as well, some have been posted on our class blog for
parents to enjoy (www.1reed.multiply.com).
This has been a great addition to our literacy program. Mid-year Rigby results have shown great
improvement in my students reading.
Funding: This project was supported by $800 from NCLB
Title II-D (Educational Technology) and $0 in local funds. The project illustrates how federal funding
supports “Technology literacy for all students
- Implementing systemic changes through robust curriculum integration with
technology (includes student work with digital tools, distance learning
courses, etc.).” The project addressed the following grades and
This project has taken place in a first grade
classroom in Claremont, NH. Claremont is an urban community. The district is not well equipped with
technology or resources. I was only
able to bring this idea/project to fruition because of grant funding.
The plot: The biggest problem during the planning phase was
resources. Fortunately, a grant was
found that allowed us to purchase the iPods and Reading First listening
center. The biggest challenge in implementation
was time for doing the recordings. I
tried to get a parent volunteer to help with the recordings, however no one
was willing. Therefore, I have altered
my schedule to make time for this.
The teachers: 1
teacher was directly involved. I have been the
only teacher directly involved in this program. However, other teachers, having seen the
success, are interested in implementing a similar program.
students: Students in my first
grade classroom benefited from this program in that they got to listen to
stories read aloud, participate in Reading First activities that enhanced
their literacy learning, read aloud and record their readings (then listening
to their progress, and share part of their in school literacy life with their
families via the blog...all while using current technology! As well, iPods
are used in my classroom during our reading intervention time. There are always 4 students working
independently on the iPods, thus decreasing the number of interuptions I get
while working with reading groups.
In our district we use the DIBELS and Rigby
reading assessments. These assessments
are done many times throughout the school year.
The difference: On both
the Rigby and the DIBELS assessments I have seen great gain in my students
reading abilities. This by no means is
a direct correlation to the use of iPods, however using the iPods as part of
my literacy program in conjunction with the core reading program and
intervention supports has led to significant gains. This project has been a great addition to my reading
program. Regardless of the data, the
students are using current technology that most otherwise would not be using
and they are having fun learning!!!
conditions: I could not have completed this
project without the support of my district technology staff in getting the
grants and the iPods.
for the future: In the future,
I would like to have materials prepared to more effectively differentiate
learning after listening to the stories...story response journals, story
element activities, etc. I think using
the assessments that we use in district is an effective way to evaluate the
Recommendations: I would recommend having at least 2 iPods in the
classroom. As well, if you are the
least bit reluctant about technology, be sure to have a tech person available
to answer your questions.
our story: I have shared this information informally
with teachers as they have asked about it.
As well, I have presented the information to the other 1st grade
teachers at a grade level meeting. In
July, I will be presenting this project at the National I Teach First
to share: none at this time