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Introduction

With the constantly evolving technology in our society today, it is becoming more prevalent in
the classroom. Elementary students are even beginning to have their own personalized learning
device to increase their achievements. I wanted to see which dissertations were available related
to the impact of technology with literacy in the elementary classroom. I looked over many
additional dissertations before resulting in the final three I decided to review. Each study
provided me with useful information on technology and successful ways to utilize it with reading
instruction.
Dissertation #1
Perceptions of the use of interactive whiteboards in teaching literacy to elementary school
students
Brown-Wyatt, V. (2011). Perceptions of the use of interactive whiteboards in teaching literacy
to elementary school students (Order No. 3480848).
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Summary
Author Valencia Brown Wyatt examines the common problem in education today, closing the
achievement gap. This study focuses on the use of the interactive whiteboard and if it has the
potential to increase student achievement, thus assisting in closing the achievement gap. The
study defined in this dissertation examined the use of interactive whiteboards among first and
second grade classrooms. Teachers perceptions of interactive whiteboards were noted and also
how prepared they felt on using the devices in instruction. The results from this study indicate
interactive white boards have a positive effect on student engagement and literacy instruction. It
also stated that the level of proficiency teachers have with the use tool has an impact on their
instruction. Teachers reported professional developments on this tool yet they were random and
should be geared more towards their specific needs.
Review
The topic of interactive white boards in classrooms is one that is often discussed in education and
one I am very interested in. Many see interactive white boards as simply a form of presenting
information. I have always see positive outcomes from the use of interactive white boards in my
classroom and was pleased to see the results noted here. This dissertation shows how proper use
of the device can have a positive impact on student achievement in literacy. It reports children
being engaged and excited to learn. This dissertation also notes the importance of sufficient

professional development on a matter if teachers are expected to perform successfully. Teachers


who lack training will not produce the strong instruction for learners.
Dissertation #2
The effects of enhanced e-books vs. traditional print books on reader motivation, comprehension,
and fluency in an elementary classroom
Marrone, A. (2014). The effects of enhanced e-books vs. traditional print books on reader
motivation, comprehension, and fluency in an elementary classroom (Order No. 1583026).
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Summary
The author of this dissertation, Alicia Marrone, states the need to increase student motivation in
reading among elementary students. Students need to spend time completing meaningful reading
activities to become the best readers they can be. With so many students having access to
technology at home and in the classroom, why not use it to enhance learning? The study
described in this dissertation shows the impact reading e-books on the iPad can have on student
comprehension, fluency, and motivation to read vs traditional paper books. When students were
given the choice between e-books or traditional books, only 4% selected the traditional books to
read. Teacher observations also reported increase in student motivation when reading on the
iPad. Students often asked when they would be able to read on the iPad. Results in the survey
do suggest positive effects in having both traditional literature and enhanced e-books. Increases
in reader comprehension cannot be solely contributed to the use of e-books but rather a
combination of both e-books and traditional literature.
Review
This dissertation shows the importance of allowing learners to select their own reading material
and also the impact technology can have on motivation. The results from this study show for me
as a teacher that providing students with an option of either using an e-book or a traditional book
may also lead to motivation. Further research on the use of e-books in the classroom could
potentially show greater increases in comprehension. In reviewing this dissertation it has
increased my interests in pursuing further research on this matter. I would like to see if this
study was conducted for a longer amount of time and students had more experience with the
device if their interests in e-books would increase.
Dissertation #3

Digital readers as a tool for engaging elementary school age children in deep structure
comprehension
Pryor, D. (2013). Digital readers as a tool for engaging elementary school age children in deep
structure comprehension (Order No. 3556374).
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Summary
Technology is constantly growing and being implemented into all subject areas of instruction.
Superficially the author of this study, David Pryor, analyzes the effects of digital readers among
elementary students. He wanted to determine if the readers supported the use of deep structure
comprehension strategies and also if they could assist in differentiating instruction. The study
presented in this dissertation explains how students who utilized the digital readers took
advantage of the tools that accompany them. Students used the dictionary to define unfamiliar
words, used internet sites to further enhance definitions needed, adjusted the font size, and much
more. In addition, students were able to participate in online book studies, thus enhances their
understanding of the text read. In using these devices the findings reported significant reading
achievements and students were able to use them to enhance comprehension strategies they have
learned.
Review
I enjoyed reading the findings presented from the study in this dissertation. It is evident how
some of the students who participated in the use of the devices really benefited from them. Some
of the participants noted they enjoyed being able to take the device home, which contributes to
further reading outside of the school setting. This study shows learners who are engaged and
motivated to read. It also shows how the digital devices can be used to differentiate instruction.
Readers who are struggling can utilize the audio support, or look up words they are unsure of
with the built in dictionary. I feel in having students use digital devise it could also increase
confidence among learners, for they will be able to receive much of the help they need from their
personal device.