Catherina Chen

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Master of Education (MEd)

MA Concentration

Educational Technology


Happy Johnson, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


This project explores the use of iPods in the first grade classroom to help students improve reading fluency and expression. The use of iPods to record student readings is also a time saving factor for teachers when needing to assess students. The iPod is used as a mirror for the students so that they are able to focus in and hear themselves reading. As students are able to self-reflect and self-correct, they may begin to improve their fluency and expression, which leads to comprehension. This handbook will help the teacher to effectively use iPods in the classroom as a learning tool for students. Students will be recording a reading each week, which then will then be assessed for reading fluency and reading level. Teachers may be more prepared and effective in the one-on-one conferring time with the student the next day. The recordings are also used as a mirror for the students to self-reflect about how they might improve their own reading. Integrating technology into the first grade classroom may be beneficial for students and teachers alike.