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ERIC Number: ED568003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 196
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3395-2324-8
A Case Study of Technology Choices by High School Students
Owens-Hartman, Amy R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Akron
The purpose of this case study was to examine student technology choices when given the freedom to choose technology devices to complete a project-based learning activity in a content area of study. The study also analyzed factors affecting technology choice as well as how technology proficiency scores aligned to technology choices. Patterns and themes were identified during data analysis. Three research questions guided this study are: 1) When given a choice, what technologies do students use to accomplish a Project-based Learning mission? 2) Why does a student choose certain technologies to accomplish a Project-based Learning mission? 3) How do students technology choices during a Project-based Learning mission align with their Atomic Learnings & Technology Skills Student Assessment scores? Data analysis of the first question indicated that for hardware choice, students overwhelmingly chose laptops to complete a project-based mission with smart phones coming in second to complete or enhance the mission. In my results section for software choice, all students chose some sort of cloud-based technology: Google Slides, Prezi, a blog, Twitter, and Google Sites. Data analysis of the second question concluded that both internal and external factors affected student technology choices. Students chose the software choice first to accomplish their project and then chose the hardware tool to work best with the software. Hardware was seen as the needed device to make the cloud based software work as best as possible. Data analysis of my final and third question indicated that self-efficacy and previous experiences are crucial components for secondary level students when choosing and using technology. Technology proficiency scores aligned to student technology choices. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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