Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Prof. Lee Ann Townsend

Second Advisor

Prof. Allison Wright

Third Advisor

Dr. Chris Wilkens

Abstract

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 scores compared to those who did not. This growth came as a result of better course content organization and more opportunities for communication by teacher and students alike.

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