Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Anne Bunda

Second Advisor

Dr. Uldis Smidchens

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Despite a major investment in technology by the LaPorte, Indiana school district, some teachers were not using the computers installed in their buildings and classrooms. Consequently, they were not using instructional applications. This project is intended to demonstrate that where building level e-mail had been introduced, there was an increase in the number of teachers using computers and instructional applications.

Data were collected with a survey of teachers to determine the extent to which computers, computer applications, and other technology were being used in the district. Extent of use was analyzed for two groups: (1) teachers who had e-mail, and (2) teachers who did not have e-mail.

It was found that the introduction of e-mail resulted in a notable increase in the number of teachers using computers on a daily basis. Further it was found that the increase in computer use resulted in the expanded use of certain instructional applications.