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The iPad as a Teacher Research Tool for Literacy Educators
June 20-21, & August 22-23, 2013
Registration is at capacity and we have an extensive waiting list. If you would still like to add your name to the waiting list please do so.
Knowing your students' literacy strengths and reflecting on their literacy practices are keys to excellent literacy instruction. This summer/fall course is designed for novice and experienced teacher researchers who are interested in literacy learning and exploring the role iPads can play in data collection and analysis. iPads provide portable, flexible, and multifaceted tools that teacher researchers can use in their classrooms to explore instructional issues. iPads can record audio and video, take photographs, and store data. They can easily be used to take anecdotal notes in busy classrooms as well as store electronic copies of student work or class projects. Finally, books and articles that support research can be stored and accessed through the iPad.
Through this innovative program, novice and experienced teacher researchers from the Madison Metropolitan School District will attend five class sessions during summer 2013 and then participate in a year-long teacher research project as part of their work with the MMSD Collaborative Action Research Program. Two credit hours will be awarded for the summer course and an additional three credits will be available for participating in the year-long CAR group. All participants who complete the summer course and the CAR Project will be awarded an iPad mini.
Commitment: Educators who participate in the program are required to commit to the following:
- attend two class sessions during June 2013
- attend two class sessions in late August 2013
- participate in the MMSD Classroom Action Research Program during the 2013-2014 school year which involves designing and implementing a classroom research project in their classroom.
Benefits: Educators who participate in the program will enjoy both summer collaboration and school year support with their action research projects. In addition, participants who successfully complete the program will receive an iPad Mini they can use for future classroom research projects.
Criteria: Participants must be practicing teachers in Dane County. Signed approval from a school administrator is needed indicating support for teacher participation in the project which will involve conducting an action research project in the teacher's classroom and release time that will be supported by funds from the LCLI.
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