Capstone/Dissertation Title

Integrating digital technology: professional development that works

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone explores technology integration in elementary schools. In the United States, digital technology surrounds adults and children. However the reality in many classrooms is integrating digital technology has been catching on slowly and [is] not mirroring students' lives outside of school. As an elementary teacher I saw first hand that teachers struggled to integrate technology. The capstone began as a question: what professional development strategies support digital technology integration in primary classrooms? The focus was to increase my understanding of the nature of professional development that drives primary teachers to integrate and facilitate learning environments using digital tools. Using a Qualitative research approach, data was collected through three unstructured exploratory interviews. This capstone analyzes what the three experts describe as characteristics of high quality professional development, resulting in a framework for high quality professional development on technology integration.

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