Term

Spring 5-14-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Stephanie Reid

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Caroline Little

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jane Schmidt

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can kindergarten students develop the 21st Century Skills of creativity, collaboration and information fluency through technology integration? It documents one teacher’s creation of a literacy based curriculum unit that gives kindergarten students opportunities to grow their 21st Century Skills, using the iPad as the learning tool. Key influences for this capstone include the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s new standards for technology integration in early education classrooms, as well as the International Literacy Association’s new standards for literacy education. Richardson’s research on the change in learning and teacher’s roles with the influx of technology in the 21st century is also an important influence. The author describes the reasoning behind the curriculum unit developed, as well as the significance of teaching the skills of creativity, collaboration and information fluency to 21st Century learners.

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