The purpose of this study was to determine if one-to-one Chromebook use has an effect on student engagement and how one-to-one Chromebooks are used as an instructional tool. Specifically, what are the perceptions of middle school administrators and middle school core content-area teachers on one-to-one Chromebook use as an instructional tool and the effects on student engagement? The researcher identified six schools in the St. Louis Metro area that have implemented one-to-one Chromebook initiatives in grades six through eight and used purposeful convenience sampling to choose six administrators and twenty teachers to participate in this study. This study was comprised of a phenomenological qualitative approach. There were three methods used in order to collect data: interviews, online surveys, and focus group discussions. The findings of this study are significant to any district who may be considering launching a one-to-one Chromebook program. Eight major themes emerged based on one-to-one Chromebook use in middle school core content-area classrooms: increased student engagement, increased collaboration among students, increased opportunities for off-task behavior, no change in student engagement, increased web-based opportunities and resources as valuable instructional tools, increased individualized instruction, technological difficulties, and increased student-led instruction. Through the themes that emerged, this study shows that by implementing Chromebooks one-to-one, there appears to be an increase in student engagement and there are multiple ways to use Chromebooks as an instructional tool.
|Advisor:||Doll, Dr. Brenda|
|Commitee:||Hope, Dr. Jennifer, Stewart, Dr. Kelly|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Education, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||Chromebooks, Instructional tool, Middle school, One-to-one, Student engagement, Technology|
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