Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Joseph Erickson

Second Advisor

Audrey Lensmire

Third Advisor

Alice Thompson-Williams


Digital texts may provide learners with a richer reading and leaming experience as compared with traditional paper texts. Research suggests learners enjoy reading interactive texts and may spend more time with interactive materials. For my Leadership Application Project, I developed an interactive text for third grade students focused on the Great Wall of China and then tested it in several classrooms. I found that students showed a significant increase in content knowledge after using this book. In addition, they were engaging in learning and wanted to spend more time with the material, even when their assigned task was complete. This book will be used by third grade students in seven elementary schools in the Wayzata district and made available to other schools around the state of Minnesota that might also find this helpful in meeting the new social studies standards.


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