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Small group text-based discussions in web eBooks: motivation to read, Slovenia
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, University of South Florida, United States ; , Univerza v Ljubljani Pedagoška fakulteta, Slovenia ; , , University of South Florida, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands ISBN 978-1-939797-42-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Adding small group texting discussions to web-based interactive eBooks, is our topic. Our goal is to improve 10 to 11-year-old children’s reading comprehension and motivation to read. Although teacher-led, small-group discussions improve children’s reading comprehension, they are done infrequently, because while the teacher leads four students in discussion the remaining students may be left at their own devices. Online small group texting discussions within web-based eBooks may overcome these challenges. We conducted three studies. The first two were formative design experiments investigating how to best design and add small group texting discussions to web-based interactive eBooks with games. In study 1, we observed face-to-face oral small group discussion, in classrooms, as fifth graders read and interacted with the eBooks. We used this data to inform the software design of the small group texting chat discussion system. Once the texting discussion system was added to the web-based eBooks, we conducted a formative evaluation with fourth graders in a school library setting. Based on that data, changes were made to the software. The third study investigated the use of the small group discussions, using role-playing, within a curricular and fourth grade school setting. Results suggest high engagement with the discussions and a statistical increase in reading motivation for the web-based eBooks with small group discussions, over traditional reading formats.

Citation

Smith, G., Petek, T., Jordan, B. & Lee, A. (2019). Small group text-based discussions in web eBooks: motivation to read, Slovenia. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1360-1365). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 10, 2020 from .