Engaging reluctant readers through the use of augmented reality book-talks: an undergraduate research project.

ID: 50292 Type: Best Practices
  1. Radhika Viruru, Robin Rackley, Ruben Delgado, Amara Ghorbani, and Ghada Zakaria, Texas A&M University, United States

Monday, March 6 2:05-2:25 PM Location: Tannehill View on map

Presider: Brian Arnold, Michigan State University, United States

Abstract: This presentation describes a community-based undergraduate research project with fifth-graders on how creating digital book-talks and converting them into augmented reality presentations engages reluctant readers. A digital booktalk, refers to a short video that introduces prospective readers to the highlights of the book. Booktalks have proven to be particularly effective with reluctant readers (Gunter & Kenny, 2008; Gunter, 2012). In this project, undergraduate students worked with fifth grade students to create booktalks, convert them to augmented reality presentations using the app Aurasma and then shared those presentations in the school library with their peers. Fifth graders participating in the project completed a pre and post project reading attitude survey and interview and kept a journal about their reading habits. Each undergraduate student researcher will share their experiences conducting this research, focusing particularly on how the technology enriched this project.


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