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Teaching Science Through Multimedia: Transitioning From A Technology-Centered Approach To A Learner-Centered Approach, Daniel Roberti Dec 2018

Teaching Science Through Multimedia: Transitioning From A Technology-Centered Approach To A Learner-Centered Approach, Daniel Roberti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

An increase in the amount of educational multimedia content found on the internet has made it easier for teachers to flip their classrooms and have students learn through video as opposed to traditional lecture. However, two primary concerns exist with this method: (1) learning through video can be too passive as students are just expected to absorb the material and (2) there is usually no way to ensure students are viewing the multimedia assigned for them to watch. This project addresses each of these concerns and proposes solutions. Criteria are also identified within the literature to establish what characterizes a ...


The Development And Integration Of Nearpod Materials Into A High School Biology Curriculum, Matthew Halloran Oct 2018

The Development And Integration Of Nearpod Materials Into A High School Biology Curriculum, Matthew Halloran

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Due to the previously outlined benefits of formative assessment, and the increasing ability of technology of aid in its implementation there are very few barriers to experimenting with new technology in the classroom. While the technology available to classroom teachers does not need to be incredibly high tech, it should be compatible with what students and teachers already have at their fingertips. Applications like Socrative are beneficial because they allow for a classroom teacher to use technology already in the classroom (mobile phones and laptops) and utilize them in the collection of formative assessment data (Coca & Slisko, 2013). Students are ...


The Inclusion Of Media Literacy In The English Curriculum, Nicole Manioci Aug 2018

The Inclusion Of Media Literacy In The English Curriculum, Nicole Manioci

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today, the digital world is ever changing. Teenagers all over the world are hypnotized by their tech-savvy devices. Their free time is spent on their smartwatches, cell phones, computers, or in front of their televisions and video games. When they arrive at school, they are expected to have the devices stored away and not have contact at all during the time they are at school. These students have lost their desire and passion for learning. The students need to have new and engaging ways to learn in the classroom, especially in English. Students have become disinterested in the teacher’s ...


Augmented Reality Technology Used To Enhance Informal Science Learning, Erin Reidy May 2018

Augmented Reality Technology Used To Enhance Informal Science Learning, Erin Reidy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With science advancements ever-changing and an increased use of multimedia to display information to the public, science literacy and critical thinking skills are important for the public to keep up to date. Students will need to know how to interpret science information they are faced with throughout their lives to make decisions and critique scientific arguments (Squire & Mingfong, 2007). Science education reform is becoming more focused on incorporating science practices with the use of tools and processes to enhance learning. An authentic learning experience can be described as experiencing real problems and consequences in context (Rosenbaum et al., 2007). Augmented ...


Personalized Learning, The New Look Of A Classroom In The Twenty-First Century, Nicole Lock Oct 2017

Personalized Learning, The New Look Of A Classroom In The Twenty-First Century, Nicole Lock

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The personalized learning approach is beneficial for all students in the twenty-first century because it consists of instruction in the form of technology, collaboration, and small group instruction. In addition to representing content in a variety of modalities the personalized learning approach also incorporates student choice in their learning.There are two personalized learning models present in this project. The first model is considered a three station rotation because students will visit a technology, collaboration, and small group instruction station during the lesson. The second model is called a flex model which still consists of technology, collaboration, and small group ...


Exploring Technology In English Language Arts, Rachel Hovey May 2017

Exploring Technology In English Language Arts, Rachel Hovey

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research explored the use of technology within the English Language Arts block. The purpose of this research study was to utilize different digital tools in ELA and understand which tools worked best for the students. Data were collected over a period of 5 weeks including teacher field notes, student journals and student artifacts. Data were analyzed to understand the impact of digital tool use in the classrooms.


The Use Of Ipads In The Literacy Learning Of Students With Adhd, Samantha German May 2017

The Use Of Ipads In The Literacy Learning Of Students With Adhd, Samantha German

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research explores the use of literacy learning with technological devices with students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of this research was to implement technology in the classroom more efficiently in literacy instruction and to make sure students with diverse needs are reached through learning with technology. Data were collected for this study over a period of six weeks of six sessions using semi-structured interviews, observations notes, and student retelling notes of one on one tutoring sessions. Data were analyzed to see if technology impacts student engagement and comprehension while reading.


First Grade Teachers' Literacy Instructional Practices Influence On The Learning Of Elementary School Students In English Language Arts (Ela) And Reading, Carole A. Barkin May 2017

First Grade Teachers' Literacy Instructional Practices Influence On The Learning Of Elementary School Students In English Language Arts (Ela) And Reading, Carole A. Barkin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study investigated the literacy educational practices of five general education first grade teachers in a charter school in Western New York. Charter schools typically hire teachers with less experience; therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore how first grade teachers in English Language Arts (ELA) and reading modified their literacy instruction to support all students, including, but not limited to, students with a variety of different disabilities. Through semi-structured interviews and classroom observations, this study focused on how specific literacy instructional tools and teaching methods, such as the arts and/or technology, impacted students’ literacy ...


Teacher Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology In Literacy Instruction, Derek Peterson May 2017

Teacher Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology In Literacy Instruction, Derek Peterson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study explores the use of one-to-one technological devices in the classroom during literacy instruction. The purpose of this study was to learn more about teacher attitudes towards using technology during this instructional time. Data were collected over a 5-week period including student artifacts or work that was created on Chromebooks during literacy instruction and semi-structured interviews with teachers. Data were analyzed to determine how the devices were used in the classroom, teacher attitudes towards using the Chromebooks, and how professional development impacted teachers’ use of the technology.


The Effect Of Chromebooks On Disciplinary Literacy In The High School Social Studies Classroom, Joseph Yockel May 2017

The Effect Of Chromebooks On Disciplinary Literacy In The High School Social Studies Classroom, Joseph Yockel

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As the world grows ever more dependent on digital technology, so too does education. This qualitative case study examined a suburban school district in the northeastern United States implementation of Chromebooks as a piece of 1:1 technology. Specifically, this study narrowed its focus to concentrate on high school social studies classrooms. This study specifically looked at disciplinary literacy practices, and how the Chromebook affects those practices. The researcher observed, interviewed, and distributed questionnaires to the teacher participants. The data yielded five findings: preparation is key to the successful implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative; the Chromebook can create ...


Technology Reading Programs And Their Impact On Listening Comprehension, Meghan C. Schott May 2017

Technology Reading Programs And Their Impact On Listening Comprehension, Meghan C. Schott

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

This qualitative study explores the impact technology reading programs have on second grade students’ listening comprehension as well as, their experiences with the programs. Student participants used three reading programs daily on an iPad to assess student listening comprehension through five question assessments. The three programs used in this study were RazKids, TumbleBooks and Bookflix. Data were collected for a 5-week period using observational notes, assessment results, from all three reading programs, and student interviews. Results suggest that student engaging student body language, specific program features and student preference of reading program impacted listening comprehension results. Additional research should ...


Are You Afraid Of Technology? Effects Of 1:1 Ipads On Standardized Assessment Scores, Michael Vowles May 2017

Are You Afraid Of Technology? Effects Of 1:1 Ipads On Standardized Assessment Scores, Michael Vowles

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Lack of support at home and in school can be seen as the reason for low standardized test scores and/or low literacy skills. This study reviews the impact of technology (specifically 1:1 iPads) on students’ summative assessments by quantitatively analyzing the results achieved by the same teacher over a two-year period. The assessment includes results for each school year. Additionally, this study qualitatively examines the lessons, the training, and the implementation of the technology by the cooperating teacher to better understand it’s benefits. Results show that students who were taught using iPads displayed more growth and higher ...


The Impact Of Student Completion Requirements Using An Lms (Learning Management System) On Student Achievement And Differentiated Instruction In The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom Feb 2017

The Impact Of Student Completion Requirements Using An Lms (Learning Management System) On Student Achievement And Differentiated Instruction In The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

School classrooms today are immersed with technology and learning management systems that provide teachers with tools to organize their classroom. However, many teachers do not know the capabilities of these LMS programs to differentiate instruction and tailor learning to meet the needs of every student in the classroom. This mixed methods study investigated the impact on student achievement of a Learning Management System called Schoology. The study also examined the Learning Management System’s ability to effectively differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners as a means to increase student achievement. Culminating assessment scores were compared from a ...


Technology Effects On Motivation To Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West Dec 2016

Technology Effects On Motivation To Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology is increasingly affecting literacy engagement of everyone. It is the job of the teacher to bring technology and literacy into the classroom, as this increases motivation and engagement. Using a series of interviews, a survey, and a daily-log, participants were examined in order to collect qualitative data on motivation to read through technology and technology usage in the classroom. It has been determined that 1.) Social networking is a daily involvement, 2.) Readers are motivated through choice, and 3.) Social networking in the classroom is dependent by many factors. More specifically, reading is motivated through social networks by the ...


The Impact Of Play On Emergent Literacy Development, Ashley Gazza Dec 2016

The Impact Of Play On Emergent Literacy Development, Ashley Gazza

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With increased standards in today’s school’s teachers are taking away play time and focusing on more specific literacy instruction. The opportunities to learn through play and exploration is a thing of the past. Although research states play is a natural part of a child’s development (Wong, Wang, & Cheng, 2011) the research focused on what reading and writing activities are embedded in play and how play can help develop emergent literacy in young children. A qualitative study was conducted with a 5-year-old male, at the emergent literacy state of development. The current study observed the research participant playing ...


Social Media In The Classroom, Courtney Altenbach May 2016

Social Media In The Classroom, Courtney Altenbach

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The question that guided this study is: how can we use social media that our students are already fluent in, to engage them more in the classroom? The purpose of the study was to find out if teachers in the district where I work are using social media in their classrooms and if not, what objections or hesitations they have with social media. For the procedures, I interviewed elementary teachers in the district where I work, about how they use social media in their classroom and possible objections or challenges they might face in its use in the classroom. I ...


Implementing Technology In An Algebra Classroom, Jennifer M. Damick Dec 2015

Implementing Technology In An Algebra Classroom, Jennifer M. Damick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The drive to place technology in the secondary mathematics classrooms has been on the rise and has shown over time to improve learning outcomes. How to support teachers with the implementation of technology in the midst of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reform and teacher accountability is important. This thesis provides varied use of technology along with different technological instructional strategies for an Algebra I course. Presenting technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) in the Algebra I context can support teachers’ implementation of technology into their instruction.

Keywords: Common Core State Standards (CCSS), NCTM Standards, Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Technological ...


Technology In The Classroom, Samantha M. Seaman Oct 2015

Technology In The Classroom, Samantha M. Seaman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to discover how I, a kindergarten teacher, used technology within the classroom. The authors of the articles and case studies in the literature review discuss the various technological tools available in school districts and how teachers utilize them effectively. This was a qualitative, self-study where I looked at my practices concerning technology in the classroom. The data were collected during a six-week period using journaling, factual information, and lesson plans. The results of the study showed that I used 10 different forms of technology in the classroom during lessons created. Results also showed the ...


Technology Enhancing Kindergarten Students’ Literacy Skills In Math, Alannah N. Heale Aug 2015

Technology Enhancing Kindergarten Students’ Literacy Skills In Math, Alannah N. Heale

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I planned my methods and procedures in an effort to gain understanding of how technology affects instruction and learning of reading and writing in mathematics. I also focused my research on determining the impact that incorporating technology into mathematics can have on motivation in learning. In order to explore the impact technology can have on math instruction; I randomly selected three five year old students from my kindergarten classroom for a six week time frame during the Fall of 2014. I collected data through use of a variety of observations, audio tools, assessments, and interviews, as participant’s utilized technology ...


Using Technology And Multimodal Literacy To Actively Engage Struggling And Disengaged Readers, Elizabeth K. O'Donnell Jun 2015

Using Technology And Multimodal Literacy To Actively Engage Struggling And Disengaged Readers, Elizabeth K. O'Donnell

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to investigate how using technology, specifically BookFlix by Scholastic Inc. and Capstone Interactive Library impacts the engagement of struggling and disengaged readers. Struggling readers are at a great risk for failure and dropping out of school; therefore, using other resources such as digital literacy can aid in supporting readers who struggle to decode words and have trouble with fluency and comprehension. School library resources can provide students with eBooks that engage and enable readers to read a variety of books. Data was gathered through parent and student surveys, observations, interviews and student response journals ...


Multimodal Literacy In The English/Language Arts Classroom: Meeting Standards And Remaining Relevant In The 21st Century, Aaron M. Smith Dec 2014

Multimodal Literacy In The English/Language Arts Classroom: Meeting Standards And Remaining Relevant In The 21st Century, Aaron M. Smith

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers have long been experimenting with the incorporation of technology, media literacy, and multimodal literacy in the English/Language Arts classroom. However, the recent adoption of Common Core standards and the increased emphasis on standardized, high-stakes testing makes it seemingly more difficult than ever to make curriculum relevant and engaging. Rather than give up, teachers should instead push harder than ever to incorporate multimodal literacy in their classrooms. Studies have repeatedly documented the benefits in both student engagement and achievement of incorporating technology and multimodal literacy in the classroom. This paper provides a sampling of some of that research as ...


Technology In Education, Ryan S. Hackett Dec 2014

Technology In Education, Ryan S. Hackett

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This comprehensive project examines how overexposure to technology impacts the learning styles of students, and how teaching strategies need to be adapted to meet the changing learning needs of this generation. David Jukes (2010) book, Understanding the Digital Generation (Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape), discusses how students learning styles have evolved and changed over the years due to them being inundated with technology from a young age. This paper will examine Jukes claims, discuss how modern teachers need to adapt their teaching styles to reach students of the Digital Generation, and will offer practical lessons that teachers ...


For Arguments Sake, Let’S Use Technology In The Science Classroom, Timothy P. Chichester Dec 2014

For Arguments Sake, Let’S Use Technology In The Science Classroom, Timothy P. Chichester

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The use of SSI argumentation has been used in the classroom to develop students understanding of scientific issues, but the current use is limited in how far the student’s understanding can go. The issues currently facing SSI argumentation in the classroom are: student’s lack of knowledge of the NOS, lack of communication between students, and engagement of students in developing evidence to support claims. My project will take these weaknesses of SSI, and improve them through the use of technology. The use of technology is becoming more prevalent in schools today, but improvements concerning the use of it ...


Technology's Adverse Effects On Students' Writing: An Emphasis On Formal Writing Is Needed In An Academic Curriculum, Kathleen A. Bronowicki May 2014

Technology's Adverse Effects On Students' Writing: An Emphasis On Formal Writing Is Needed In An Academic Curriculum, Kathleen A. Bronowicki

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project focuses on the negative impacts of technology and updated technological programs on students’ writing skills. Research proves that students are overly reliant on these devices, which is ultimately causing them to write in a careless manner and fulfill the bare minimum of what is required. Students today do not value the writing process, and simply do not understand why it is essential for their future endeavors. However, these attitudes and perceptions on writing, combined with an overuse of technology, are putting our students at a serious disadvantage, as they are ill-equipped for the challenges encountered in college and ...


Choices Made By Elementary Teachers When Implementing Digital Literacies, Nicole M. Inzana May 2014

Choices Made By Elementary Teachers When Implementing Digital Literacies, Nicole M. Inzana

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine what types of choices teachers make when choosing technology to implement in their ELA instruction. A funneling approach was used to collect the data over a period of six weeks. Sixteen teachers were anonymously surveyed followed by four teacher interviews. Lastly, two observations were conducted in classrooms with daily access to a class set of netbooks. Analysis of survey data, recorded interviews, and observational notes gave insight into how teachers choose literacy technologies for their students. All of the tools used in this study provided for triangulation of data revealing common themes.


Literature And Film: Preparing Students For A Media-Centric Future, Mike Landers Dec 2013

Literature And Film: Preparing Students For A Media-Centric Future, Mike Landers

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project addresses the issue of preparing 21st century students to be critical thinkers and media-literate individuals in the consistently evolving world. This project first examines the changing nature of our media-centered society and current uses of film in the English Language Arts classroom as an effective instructional tool. Afterwards, a curriculum for an elective class that integrates film study alongside literature analysis is then presented as a resource for teachers. This class specifically uses young-adult films for film study as a way to enhance instruction and develop the skills needed to effectively read, analyze, and discuss literature.


Engaging Writing Activities To Increase Skills And Motivation For Middle School Students, Alicia M. Accapezzato Dec 2013

Engaging Writing Activities To Increase Skills And Motivation For Middle School Students, Alicia M. Accapezzato

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teaching middle school ELA using engaging and technology driven lesson to improve writing school. Why engagement is important to student success and why teachers should keep up with technology to foster success. A 5 lesson unit plan that aims to teach writing skills to middle school students keeping technology and engagement in mind follows the research.


Technology Use In Elementary Education And The Resources To Improve Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Twenty-First Century Learning, Sarah R. D'Angelo Oct 2013

Technology Use In Elementary Education And The Resources To Improve Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Twenty-First Century Learning, Sarah R. D'Angelo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Students are currently living in and growing in a world of technological advancements. Teachers need to have the correct and most efficient training and Professional Development for the use of technology. Teachers of the twenty-first century need to engage students and motivate them with technology, as well as provide them with technology in ways to help them achieve their best academic performance. In my thesis, I have included data from Undergraduate and Graduate programs of several Upstate New York universities, as well as school districts, indicating the ways that they incorporate technology training for teachers. I have also created a ...


The Role Of Technology In A Sixth Grade Classroom, Lauren K. Spiotta May 2013

The Role Of Technology In A Sixth Grade Classroom, Lauren K. Spiotta

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology plays a large part in students’ literacy learning. Technology affects motivation to learn and influences quality of work on a literacy task; in this case, reading and writing. This study examined the relationship between students’ attitudes, participation, and quality of work with regards to technology. Two sixth graders from a public school in Western New York were given a survey, interview about technology, and were observed daily over a six week time period. Writing pieces were collected without using technology and then with using technology as well as an online learning community. All of the data collected were cross ...


The Effects Of Technology In Society And Education, Brian Sutton Apr 2013

The Effects Of Technology In Society And Education, Brian Sutton

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology has changed society throughout history. Over the last few decades, cellular devices, iPads, iPods, computers, and most importantly the internet have completely overhauled the way people interact in society and the way educators work in schools. Technology implementation in schools is pivotal to student success post high school due to the changing times and high demands for tech savvy personnel. It is imperative that teachers of the 21st century adjust to the technological revolution and not only prepare themselves but prepare their students for the technological real world. Technology has changed the way society looks, and the way ...