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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


I investigated ways that the use of technology will motivate and affect fifth and sixth grade students with special needs and influence their achievement in reading and writing. I created with the students, podcasts of 3 reader's theater performances in order to practice reading fluency. The students used sound recording software, to listen and "see" (through sound waves) how they read. Various on-line tools for students to practice word formations, vowel combinations as well as other reading and language elements were used as well. I also looked at ways my students can use technology to publish and share their completed work, such as a classroom webpage, classroom blog, and video conferencing with classrooms in other districts. Finally I investigated the use of iPods for testing modifications.

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