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MA Reading Education


Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education


College of Education


Madden, Marjorie

Committee Member 1

Browne, Susan

Committee Member 2

Lee, Valarie


first grade, literacy, reading, technology


Educational technology; Language arts (Elementary)


Language and Literacy Education


Technology is ingrained in almost every part of our culture, affecting the way we live, work, play, and learn. Most careers in this day and age require professionals to be proficient in the new literacies of 21st-century technologies. Thus, it only makes sense that technology be used in classrooms with even our youngest learners to help prepare our students to be successful in their futures. This research explores what happens when technology is integrated into the literacy curriculum within a first grade classroom. To this end, technology was integrated into a multitude of literacy lessons and classroom routines. Results revealed that the use of technology can have a positive effect of student motivation and engagement as well as overall classroom productivity. Results also showed that technology led to deeper meaning-making among students and helped to foster a student-centered learning environment in which students' confidence with technology motivated them to take on leadership roles. Overall, the findings from this study are consistent with current research and advance the understanding that technology can aid in producing positive learning outcomes when employed appropriately and meaningfully by teachers and students.