Walton Education Foundation

Project Summary & Objectives
Students will scan QR codes with an ipad to listen to a read aloud of quality literature and respond to the story in writing.

The internet is full of studies done to prove that reading to children supports the development of better readers. The vast majority of quality children’s literature is far above beginning reader’s abilities. In addition to this hurdle, is the fact that most parents home library is inadequate in providing appropriate quantities of reading material needed during this stage of development. QR codes provide the experience of quality text while also exposing students to fluent reading both at school and at home.
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. -google
I intend for my students to utilize the classroom ipads to scan a QR code embedded with a link to a story that is read aloud to them while they enjoy the illustrations. Then the students will respond to the text in writing to practice 1st grade standards. I expect their STAR reading scores will increase with specific gains in the reading literature standards 1.RL.1.2, 1.RL.1.3, 1.RL.3.7, 1.RL.3.9, and 1.L.3.6.
QR codes can be scanned with any device that is equipped with a camera and connected to the internet. The response sheet will have the QR code on it allowing the student an opportunity to take the QR code home. There they can listen to the story additional times and share their experience with family members.

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Becoming Quality Readers with QR codes

School:
Bay Elementary School 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Julie Perk 
Students Impacted:
21 
Grade:
Date:
September 29, 2018

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $982.96

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Goal

Project Summary & Objectives
Students will scan QR codes with an ipad to listen to a read aloud of quality literature and respond to the story in writing.

The internet is full of studies done to prove that reading to children supports the development of better readers. The vast majority of quality children’s literature is far above beginning reader’s abilities. In addition to this hurdle, is the fact that most parents home library is inadequate in providing appropriate quantities of reading material needed during this stage of development. QR codes provide the experience of quality text while also exposing students to fluent reading both at school and at home.
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. -google
I intend for my students to utilize the classroom ipads to scan a QR code embedded with a link to a story that is read aloud to them while they enjoy the illustrations. Then the students will respond to the text in writing to practice 1st grade standards. I expect their STAR reading scores will increase with specific gains in the reading literature standards 1.RL.1.2, 1.RL.1.3, 1.RL.3.7, 1.RL.3.9, and 1.L.3.6.
QR codes can be scanned with any device that is equipped with a camera and connected to the internet. The response sheet will have the QR code on it allowing the student an opportunity to take the QR code home. There they can listen to the story additional times and share their experience with family members.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Project Activities & Timeline
I currently have 21 students enrolled in my classroom. This grant is requesting products that are entirely reusable so all future students will also benefit these rewards.
The plan is to use the ipads and QR codes as a center during my guided reading small group instruction block. Students not in the assigned group meeting the teacher will rotate through my centers. One center being the QR code and response sheet. Each student will work independently to scan the selected QR code. A link will appear for the student to listen to an adult read the specific story while the video allows the students to view the illustrations just as if they were sitting with the text in hand. After the video is completed, the follow-up assignment is to respond to the story in drawing or written form. The response sheet is a formative assessment of their progression toward standard mastery while also holding the students accountable for staying on task with focused attention.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Evaluation Plan
The written responses will serve as a formative evaluation. A checklist with all the assigned texts will help me manage the progress by marking when each student completes the entire task. I have 3 center rotations allowing the students to have access to these materials regularly with the possibility of reading 2-3 quality stories per week. The summative assessment will be the final STAR score of the RL (reading literature) standards for first grade. The current STAR scores show only 14% of my class scored on grade level in regards to the reading literature standards listed in the project summary (1.RL.1.2, 1.3, 3.7, 3.9). Additionally, only 23% of my students scored on grade level in reference to the language standard 1.L.3.6 - using language acquired through being read to. With the assistance of the ipads and headphones, I expect to see an increase to 60% or more of students on or above grade level for the standards in discussion.

LAFS.1.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
LAFS.1.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
LAFS.1.RL.3.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events
LAFS.1.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories
LAFS.1.L.3.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., I named my hamster Nibblet because she nibbles too much because she likes that)
 

 

Budget Narrative

I am asking for 2 Apple 9.7 inch ipads with durable protective cases for students to use along with a set of headphones for each device. I've also requested a secure storage/charging station to keep the ipads safe when not in use.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Apple 9.7inch ipad $399.00
2 Apple 9.7inch ipad $399.00
3 Protective Case x 2 @ $16.99each $33.98
4 Durable headphones x 2 @25.99 each $51.98
5 Secure Storage / Charging station $99.00
  Total: $982.96

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