Rachel Holbrook – ARI Innovation Mini Grant and STEM Grant Recipient

Rachel Holbrook – ARI Innovation Mini Grant and STEM Grant Recipient

Biography

Since the adoption of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in June 2010, close reading strategies have been emphasized in English/Language Arts classes across the State in order to increase the Reading comprehension skills of Kentucky students.One research-based strategy that has been proven to assist students in strengthening reading comprehension skills is close reading of text accompanied by annotation. This project made the close reading annotation strategy digitally interactive for students and allowed those who were absent to access content-specific instruction that they would otherwise have missed. Through the use of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the OneNote software program, students read and wrote on the Surface Pro 3 directly, allowing them to view their textual annotations to be displayed on a classroom projector. This software also allowed instructors and students to record digital
handwriting and voice, so that explanations and directions could be shared with classmates who were absent or need ed to review the day’s lesson. These “notebooks” were shared with students using the school district’s learning management system and served as a model for other instructors to emulate.

Grade 7, English/Language Arts
Johnson County Middle School, Johnson County
Project Title: One Note Close Reading & Annotation:An Interactive Approach for Tackling the Text ARI Innovations Mini Grant Recipient