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Making space for visual literacy in literacy teacher preparation: Preservice teachers coding to design digital books

Description: Article exploring preservice teachers’ coding in the design of a visually-enhanced digital book to reduce the lag between highly visual texts in elementary classrooms and a lack of emphasis on visual literacy in teacher preparation. Findings call for a shift to acknowledge and incorporate visual literacy theories and practices into teacher preparation programs to prepare preservice teachers for digitally literate classrooms.
Date: July 24, 2021
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren
Partner: UNT College of Education
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TPACK’s pedagogy and the gradual release of responsibility model coalesce: integrating technology into literacy teacher preparation

Description: Article exploring how the pedagogical knowledge construct of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) and a scaffolded use of the gradual release of responsibility framework helped preservice teachers design literacy instruction with the iPad.
Date: January 19, 2021
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Pandemic induced remote learning increases need for mobile game-based learning to engage learners

Description: Article providing a research perspective on Giannakas et al.’s (2018) manuscript, “A critical review of 13 years of mobile game-based learning” to serve as a resource to educators navigating the transition to remote learning during the pandemic.
Date: November 17, 2020
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren
Partner: UNT College of Education
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1:1 iPads in 1st Grade: Two-Year Case Study of a Teacher's Concerns, Use, and Innovation Configuration

Description: This chapter reports the findings of a two-year case study of how one first-grade teacher in a Florida charter school with 1:1 iPads progresses through stages of concerns and levels of use to achieve technological innovation. Findings inform technology integration practices and emphasize the importance of acknowledging change concerns associated with technology acceptance.
Date: 2019
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Partnering With Parents: Devices and Apps to Support Elementary Children Reading

Description: Article providing evidence of how children from 120 homes across 46 classrooms use apps and portable technology to support their reading development. The finding that nearly all children in this study supported reading skills with portable technology in the home demonstrates the need to foster partnerships between parents and teachers that builds on children's technological knowledge and use to deepen learning between home and school.
Date: 2019
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Private blog reflections connecting course content with field experiences: Preservice teachers grapple with teacher identity

Description: Article examining teacher preparation programs ability to help preservice teachers connect educational theory with teaching practice. This article systematically reflects on written responses, recorded in a private weblog over the course of a 15-week intermediate reading methods course.
Date: March 26, 2019
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren & Curcio, Rachele
Partner: UNT College of Education

Print or iPad? Young Children’s Text Type Shared Reading Preference and Behaviors in Comparison to Parent Predictions and At-home Practices

Description: Article examining young children’s reading preference by text type. Discourse and observation analyses show children engage differently between text types. Findings have implications for parents, teachers, and teacher educators support today’s young children as readers.
Date: June 29, 2020
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren & Trotter, Julia
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Preservice Teachers’ Acceptance of Virtual Reality to Plan Science Instruction

Description: Article examining individual concerns to integrate virtual reality into science instruction before and after a hands-on intervention with virtual reality to improve understanding of preservice teacher acceptance and integration of virtual reality into science.
Date: April 2021
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren & Long, Christopher S.
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Initial Response to COVID-19: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Media and School Communications to Identify Pedagogical Implications for Remote Teaching

Description: Article examining one month of social media, news media, school district websites’ continuity plans and educational affiliate organizations, to unveil K-12 stakeholders’ initial response to K-12 remote teaching following the declaration of the national emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. Initial responses focused on community lockdown procedures, sustaining education, adapting to a remote lifestyle and political tension. The authors revisited included tweets one week later to measure… more
Date: December 4, 2020
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren; Antonenko, Pavlo D. & Mitchell, Chrystine
Partner: UNT College of Education
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How Parent Perceptions Relate to Elementary Children’s Portable Technology Use by Gender and Grade Level

Description: Article examining how parents' reports of children’s technology use in the home varies by a child’s gender or grade level. Strategies are provided for teachers, support specialists, and parents to improve how children use technology. Implications for app developers are suggested.
Date: October 29, 2018
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren; Antonenko, Pavlo D. & Dawson, Kara
Partner: UNT College of Education
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The influence of mobile technologies on preschool and elementary children's literacy achievement: A systematic review spanning 2007-2019

Description: This article conducts a review study to measure the effectiveness of mobile technologies to support children's literacy achievement on pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students from 2007 to 2019.
Date: June 15, 2020
Creator: Eutsler, Lauren; Mitchell, C.; Stamm, Benjamin & Kogut, A.
Partner: UNT College of Education

Using eReaders to Enhance Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas

Description: This book chapter focuses on the use of ereaders as a learning tool to motivate and engage students, support content learning, and promote literacy development across content areas.
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Date: 2015
Creator: Fang, Zhihui; Eutsler, Lauren; Coatoam Chapman, Suzanne & Qi, Yang
Partner: UNT College of Education

Teacher and Student Perceptions of Pop Culture in the English Classroom

Description: This qualitative case study explores teachers and students perceptions of pop culture and its use in secondary English classrooms. I used thematic analysis to identify key themes addressed by teachers and students concerning pop culture. Teachers and students were surveyed and from there purposive sampling was used to select five teachers and eight students. Participants took part in individual and focus group interviews regarding their perceptions of pop culture use in the classroom as well as… more
Date: May 2020
Creator: Visco, William
Partner: UNT Libraries

Impact of Instructional Technology on Student Motivation and Vocabulary Knowledge

Description: This study examined the influence of instructional technology on Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) vocabulary acquisition and the intrinsic motivation language learners present while learning vocabulary in a second language. A quasi-experimental design helped determine the impact of the instructional technology intervention using Quia and Quizlet to learn vocabulary over direct instruction. A nonrandom convenience sample of (N = 47) participants was divided into the experimental group (n = 25… more
Date: August 2021
Creator: Perez, Araceli
Partner: UNT Libraries
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A scoping review of digital game-based technology on English language learning

Description: Article investigating the current practices of digital game-based language learning to support English language learning. This article provides strategies for educational researchers to improve their rigor in research, along with explicit criteria that digital game designers can apply toward language-learning game development.
Date: August 14, 2019
Creator: Xu, Zhihong; Chen, Zhuo; Eutsler, Lauren; Geng, Zihan & Kogut, Ashlynn
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Influences on Teachers' Decision-Making when Working with Students who have Difficulty Learning to Read

Description: Research shows that having an excellent reading teacher in the classroom is key to preventing reading difficulties. However, teachers often feel unprepared to work with students experiencing reading difficulties. This can be problematic in a school that uses a multi-tiered system of support for students in which the classroom teacher is responsible for core instruction and early reading interventions. This qualitative study examined the influences on elementary teachers' instructional and ass… more
Date: August 2021
Creator: Pettet, Traci H
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Influences of External Literacy Assessment on Curricular Decisions: A Systems-Based Study of a Local School District

Description: National and state-based assessments have been a common practice for the past several decades. These assessments often come with high-stake consequences for students and schools, which tends towards the creation of a test-centric environment where educators prioritize test-based instruction to prepare students to be successful on those assessments. The over-arching purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how mandated high-stakes testing influences educators specifically within a compl… more
Date: August 2021
Creator: Larson, Tiffany R
Partner: UNT Libraries

Student Perceptions of Literacy Learning with Digital Storytelling

Description: This qualitative case study examined how integrating technology, specifically digital storytelling, influenced secondary student perceptions of literacy learning and student engagement in an English language arts and reading classroom in a rural district. Understanding student perceptions of literacy learning can offer insight into which technological tools can support literacy development and classroom engagement. Through the implementation of case study design and thematic analysis, overarchi… more
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Date: May 2022
Creator: Brom, Krystle
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Teachers on the Use of Technology Applications with Children: A Survey of PK-5 Teachers in a South Texas Region

Description: This quantitative methods study explored the knowledge, attitudes and practices of PK-5 teachers on the use of technology applications in the classroom. The Texas State Board of Education has set in place standards for technology applications that require the use of technology applications across all grades. Likewise, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published new guidelines on the use of technology by children. However, it is the responsibility of teachers to implement and embed these… more
Date: August 2018
Creator: Prishker, Nydia
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Elementary Students' Perceptions of Their Authentic Engagement when Using iPads in the Classroom

Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a 1:1 iPad initiative on student engagement in the classroom, as perceived by students. The design of this case study consisted of a purposeful sample of six, 5th grade students from a suburban elementary school in North Central Texas who participated in surveys, individual interviews, and focus group discussions. Two research questions guided this study: (1) How do elementary school students perceive they are authentically engaged when usi… more
Date: December 2018
Creator: Hayunga, Kelly Lynn
Partner: UNT Libraries

High-Immersion Virtual Reality for Language Learning

Description: This manuscript-style dissertation consists of three publications interconnected in their focus on the dynamically evolving use of immersive virtual reality technologies for language education. The manuscripts included in this dissertation were adapted from three research papers published or submitted for publication in scientific journals and book chapters. The first manuscript provides an overview of immersive technologies of different levels of immersion, ranging from 2D displays on a flat s… more
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Date: May 2022
Creator: Kucher, Tetyana
Partner: UNT Libraries
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