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FC: Kindle 3 Pilot Program | Roanoke Elementary School | Written by: Kelley Valdez | Image from: www.amazon.com

1: Roanoke Elementary Reading Data | 4th Grade * Beginning of the year expectation: DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) Level 38. * 25% of students reading below grade level (DRA 34 or lower) * With improved fluency, an estimate 10% would have reached the "On/Above" DRA Level of 38 * * * Another 23% would have reached an independent DRA Level of 40, placing them reading above grade level. | 5th Grade *Beginning of year expectation: DRA Level 40. 21% reading below grade level (DRA Level 38 or lower) * With improved fluency an estimated 10% would have reached the "On/Above" DRA Level of 40. * Another 10% would have reached the independent DRA Level of 50, placing them reading above grade level.

2: Grade/Student Population for Pilot | 4th and 5th grade students at Roanoke Elementary that did not perform on grade level for the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) due to the fluency requirement of the assessment will be targeted for the e-reader mobile device pilot.

3: Photo from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m_e_l_o_d_y/2562553842/sizes/m/in/photostream/

4: Rationale | The Kindle 3 Wi-Fi was selected for this pilot for several reasons. First, the Wi-Fi function of this unit allows for more control over where/when items are downloaded. Second, the Kindle 3's text to speech capability is ideal for students that need to hear others reading to help build their fluency. Many books available through the Amazon website allow students to not only have the text, but also hear the story without any additional cost. Next, the Kindle 3 can play other recorded books in the MP3 format, which will make use of existing books on CD. Finally, the new price point of the Kindle 3 Wi-Fi ($114.00) makes it cost effective for our student body.

5: Important Features Real Page Numbers: Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers that correspond to a book's print edition. We've added real page numbers to tens of thousands of Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store with matching print editions. Simply press the "Menu" button while reading to display page numbers. Storage Capacity: The Kindle 3 Wi-Fi version can store up to 3,500 books. That's amazing! From http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Special-Offers-Wireless-Reader/dp/B004HFS6Z0/ref=cm_cmu_pg_i.

6: Goals for Evaluating the Program's Effectiveness

7: Two different instruments will be used to evaluate the success of the e-reader program. First, students will be given an informal reading survey prior to receiving the mobile devices. Questions about their reading habits, reading enjoyment, and types of books read will be used on the survey. The survey will be given again to the students after using the readers for at least 3 months to see if they have developed a change in their reading habits and enjoyment. Second, the DRA will be used to evaluate the students reading progress both text level and their fluency. This will be given prior to implementation of the program (at the beginning of the year), at mid year, and at the end of the year.

8: To implement the use of the Kindle 3, students, teachers, and parents will receive professional development. | Professional Development | Teachers: Teachers will undergo a Kindle bootcamp in a face to face setting. Teachers will learn how to access the schools wireless network, how to download content, how to transfer content from the archive back to the Kindle, and how to import MP3 files onto the Kindle. Tutorials will also be created and posted on the S drive for teachers to refer back to as needed.

9: Students: Students will have two types of training. First, they will be required to attend a face to face training to learn the basics of using the Kindle device. Second, small tutorials will be created and recorded for the students and placed on a special netschool class created just for the pilot users. Parents: Parents of students in the pilot will be invited to a training/information session prior to the start of the program so that they can provide home support.

10: Technical Support | The librarian on campus as well as the teachers involved in the pilot will provide ongoing tech support for the students. Additionally, one of the benefits of the Kindle is that Amazon has amazing tech support that they provide free of charge to their users and stand behind their product 100%.

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