Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Ellen Faurot

Second Advisor

Patricia Nemecek


There are many challenges that educators face on a daily basis, but perhaps one of the most significant is designing effective instruction that is able to reach a classroom of 30+ children, all with different needs, abilities, and learning styles. With the advent of the No Child Left Behind act, the need for dynamic, standards-based instruction that achieves measurable results has intensified dramatically. Luckily, today's educators are armed with an impressive arsenal of new technologies that make the task of designing such varied lessons slightly less daunting. Of course, simply utilizing these new resources does not automatically guarantee higher levels of student engagement or improve learning. Implementing new technologies carries its own set of pedagogical and often financial challenges that must be overcome by educators and administrators.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only