Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
The global market and workplace today demand knowledge and skills associated with technology. More often than not the responsibility to provide students with the exposure to technology is left up to the classroom teachers, whether or not the teachers themselves are experienced with it. The natural intersection of science and technology is a recognized element of science education in 21st century classrooms. This thesis project presents some of the more accessible forms of technology to understand and offer assistance to both pre-service and in-service teachers as well as suggested methods for integrating technology in a science classroom. While technology integration can be straightforward, teachers still need introduction to and experience with its implementation. It is suggested that teacher preparation programs devote time in analyzing current curriculum and teaching practices for ways to incorporate more opportunities for intentional partnerships of science and technology. Some of the recommendations culled from the research analysis, specifically directed to science teachers, includes suggestions for teacher education programs on incorporating technology requirements into standard education classes, developing technology-specific mini "how-to classes" that on website development and podcast creation, and courses that involve both the introduction to and the use of handheld computers and probeware. (Appendices list instructional websites created for teachers; some with a direct science focus.)
Harradine, Tara M., "Rationale for and Examples of Internet-Based, Software, and Hardware Technologies That Can Be Integrated into the Science Classroom" (2007). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 367.