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Embracing the Power of Digital in Literacy Education: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Digital Activities

Abstract

This mixed methods program evaluation explores the perceptions of students and teachers who participated in digital activities at a university-sponsored literacy festival. The goal of the digital activities was to introduce a diverse student population to digital tools that may be used to assist in understanding, evaluating, and creating literature. Thoughtfully planned and executed digital activities have the potential to increase student motivation, collaboration, and creativity, which may lead to an improvement in student achievement. Incorporating technology in instruction empowers students and promotes opportunities for authentic learning. The purpose of this evaluation was to examine the efficacy of the digital activities to provide formative feedback to guide enhancements of the digital workshop at future annual literacy festivals and contribute to the discussion of digital learning activities on student literacy achievement.

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Appendices

Appendix A: Student Survey

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Appendix B: Teacher Interview Questions

Literacy festival digital activities interview questions

  1. 1.

    What was your reason for attending the digital activities at the festival?

  2. 2.

    Did the digital activities meet your needs? How so?

  3. 3.

    What could be added to the digital sessions to increase motivation to read?

  4. 4.

    Are there any activities that could be deleted from the digital sessions to make room for other activities?

  5. 5.

    Were the digital sessions impactful? How so?

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    How could the digital activities be transformed to meet the demands of a larger audience?

  7. 7.

    What did you learn while attending the digital activities?

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    How will you use this new knowledge in your daily life?

  9. 9.

    Any other information that you would like to share to make the digital activities an even bigger success next year?

Appendix C: Systematic Direct Observation Document

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Stork, M.G., Goode, H., Jeter, R. et al. Embracing the Power of Digital in Literacy Education: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Digital Activities. J Form Des Learn 2, 82–101 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41686-018-0022-8

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Keywords

  • Technology
  • Integration
  • Digital activities
  • Literacy
  • Motivation
  • Student achievement