Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Art Education

First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Dr. Christina Chin

Third Advisor

Adriane Little


technology, art, education, cell phones, classroom

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


With technology becoming more ingrained in the day-to-day business of 21st century life, it is only natural for such technology to find its way into the hands of our youth and eventually the classroom setting. Student provided technology, specifically the popular smart phone, is proving to be a useful tool in students’ education to some but still seen as a potential danger to many others in the profession. With the world becoming more digitally connected, smart phones have the potential to be a great learning tool or an even greater source of distraction for students.

Art teachers across the United States completed a survey regarding their comfort level around student provided technology in the classroom and how they have grappled with the topic with their students. The results found that teachers have found ways in which to incorporate student smart phones into their classrooms, depending greatly on the teacher’s level of comfort with the technology and how they feel it can be managed successfully. Other teachers have chosen to not allow smart phones based on an availability of district appointed technology or personal feelings towards smart phones in the hands of their students. Ultimately, regardless of administrative policy, the teacher is the one who chooses to establish an environment of trust and discipline when it comes to technology or to choose to ban such devices entirely.

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Art Education Commons