As school leaders continue to attempt to integrate technology into today's classrooms, 1:1 laptop initiatives are becoming increasingly more prevalent and certainly more affordable than ever before. School leaders must be able to justify the expenditure by the direct impact the integration of the laptops make on classroom instruction and learning. Preparing and supporting teachers to teach and facilitate learning with these new technological tools is a necessity that cannot be overlooked in ensuring the success of 1:1 laptop initiatives. This study examined the impact of various professional development preparatory factors on the instructional change that occurred immediately after implementation of a 1:1 laptop initiative within three high schools. Significant differences were observed between the teachers' perceived value of different types of professional development activities, including learning to use hardware, software, content management and instructional delivery platforms, as well as learning to integrate technology into instruction. Significant changes were also observed in each of 11 different instructional activities when comparing teacher practice pre-1:1 laptop initiative implementation and during implementation. Correlations between the amount of time teachers had access to their own laptops prior to the 1:1 implementation and the change in frequency of use of the instructional activities indicated limited significant results, as did the correlations between the length of professional development preparation designed to prepare teachers for the 1:1 laptop initiative and the change in frequency of use of the 11 instructional activities. The final correlations between the teachers' perceived value of the four professional development activities and the change in frequency of use of the 11 instructional activities also yielded limited significant results.
|Commitee:||Moeller, Trey, Reid, Terry|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Teacher education, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||1:1 laptop initiative, Professional development, Teachers|
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