Integrating Technology in the Classroom

By Megan Vonesh, Rebecca Rulis and Adel Al-Bataineh.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This study was intended to examine the extent to which elementary education teachers integrate into their teaching the technology available to them and if their decision to integrate technology was influenced by their level of education, years of teaching, or grade level taught. As technology has become a primary source of communication, it is not clear the extent to which students are being trained to use and implement technology. Despite the fact that many homes have computers, personal computers cannot be the answer to training students for the workplace. This responsibility falls on the shoulders of public education. The study sample included 55 certified teachers in grades K-3 in three schools. The ages of the participants ranged from 22 to 70. This research utilized an online survey to collect the data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. In specific the researchers used the mean and standard deviation, and Paired-Samples t test. The data shows that there were statistically significant differences between the teachers’ years of experience and the frequency of using available software and the frequency of using the computer labs at the .05 level (t = 2.585, df = 30) (t = 3.773, df = 30) respectively. In addition, there were statistically significant difference between the teachers’ education level and the frequency of using the computer labs at the .05 level (t = 2.719, df = 30). Finally, the grade level taught was also statistically significant with the frequency of using the computer labs at the .05 level (t = 3.478, df = 30).

Keywords: Technology Implementaion, K-3 Schooling, Elementary Education

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.163-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 552.439KB).

Megan Vonesh

Teacher, Pekin Public School, Pekin, Illinois, USA

Rebecca Rulis

Teacher, Pekin Public School, Pekin, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel Al-Bataineh

Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel T. AL-Bataineh is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. His research agenda focuses on topics that deal with teacher preparation both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In specific, he published several studies in the areas of teacher preparation, standards and alternative schooling movements, technology in education and on-line teaching, clinical experiences, and professional development schools. Also, he conducted some studies in the area of international and comparative educational systems.