Date of Award

Fall 10-23-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Carole Pelttari

Abstract

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 deficiencies in the amount of training of technological devices there were in the Appleton Central School District (pseudonym). This study opened the possibilities into the world of technology and how it can effectively be used in the classroom. In an interconnected world it is important for students to have more access to information about the world. Technology provides that opportunity for students. The real strength of technology in the classroom is differentiation. They have a greater pool of knowledge but also have an ability to interact with the knowledge unique to their learning styles.

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