To exhibit my capacity to use technology to communicate information in a variety of formats, I created and implemented a social studies lesson centered around the integration of literature and mobile learning technology.  This lesson was geared toward a fourth- or fifth-grade audience, though it could be easily adapted for younger or older students.   I paired high-quality children’s picture books about the Civil Rights Movement with carefully selected clips of events, interviews, news reports, speeches, and songs associated with the chosen literature.  Using a free online QR code creator, I created QR codes for each clip.  I carefully selected the texts to reflect diverse facets of the Civil Rights Movements, and selected three related video clips for each.  With supervision, students used mobile devices such as iPads and smart phones to read the QR codes, which led them to the appropriate supplementary videos for their assigned literature.  I gave each small group a book with the QR codes placed on sticky notes at strategic points in the literature.  Groups read the books aloud, stopping to scan QR codes and view the accompanying video as they came across them in the text.  When all groups had finished reading and viewing the clips linked to their text, I brought them together as a whole group.  We watched a Civil Rights Movement overview clip, which each group had viewed at some point in their individual texts.  I used this clip as an opening for whole group discussion; each group shared what they had read, seen, and learned through the activity.  This share-out allowed students to hear about aspects of the Civil Rights Movement not covered by the text they read.  Given more time, I would have liked to have each group read and view clips for at least two of the texts.  This lesson demonstrates my ability to integrate technology into literature-based instruction as well as my competency in creating mobile learning lessons for elementary school students.  By using QR codes to link students directly to the carefully selected and previewed videos, I prevented possible misuse of technology and accidental exposure to inappropriate content on the internet.  This demonstrates my concern for the safety of students and my consideration of developmentally-appropriate content and activities for my intended audience.  This lesson provides content to students in different formats and encourages students to use different forms of information, including text, songs, speeches, interviews, and news reports, to synthesize a more complex understanding of the events and people of the Civil Rights Movement.


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