Author(s)

Ashley Dickol

Date Approved

2-10-2015

Embargo Period

2-10-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Writers' workshops;Language arts (Elementary);Tablet computers

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to determine what happens when kindergarten students use iPads during writer's workshop. The iPad was used on a daily basis to help determine what students were capable of when using this tool. Additionally, a series of mini lessons were used to teach various writing skill and traits. Qualitative inquiry strategies such as surveys, student interviews, and observations recorded in my teacher research journal were used to collect data. Upon analyzing the data, the factors that most affected data in this study were related to using new technologies, multiple modes of writing, and attitudes about writing. The data analysis suggested that students' skills increased while composing stories on the iPads. Students' positive attitude about writing appeared to be the most significant change throughout writer's workshop.

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