Date of Award

8-2016

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis C. McCrumb

Second Advisor

Dr. Regina L. Garza Mitchell

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory D. Warsen

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of this action research project was to examine how the preparation of a 1:1 technology initiative, through professional development and early access to devices, in secondary (6-12) schools affected personal computing skills of teachers as well as collaboration, instruction, and student learning. This study takes place at West Ottawa Public Schools where district educators received personal Chromebooks and had ongoing professional development throughout the 2015-2016 school year to prepare specifically for the successful adoption of the 1:1 technology model in the 2017-2018 school year. The district is able to provide personal Chromebooks for all students entering grades 7-12 in the 2016-2017 school year and expand to grades 6-12 in the 2017-2018 school year. A survey instrument was developed to assess how the technology-based professional development and early access to digital devices throughout the beginning phases of technology integration have impacted personal computing skills as well as collaboration, instruction, and student learning as demonstrated through teacher perception. Study findings suggest that there has been an overall positive impact on personal computing skills, collaboration, instruction, and student learning, but additional support and time is needed in specific areas to successfully implement the 1:1 technology model in a way that will meaningfully impact the educational process.

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