Students' Perceptions of Technology Use in Middle School
Russell Evans, Emin Kilinc, Anna Witt Boriack, Hersh Waxman, Texas A&M University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Technology implementation and access in schools has been an issue of debate through recent research publications (Becker et al., 1999; Becker et al., 1999; Becker, 2000; Newhouse, 2001; Trotter, 2007). Technology concerns in the classroom have been rooted in technology rollout, integration, access, and user-support. Besides issues surrounding technology, studies have described the equalizing force of technology in the classroom; describing it as, “minimizing the gap between rich and poor” (Trotter, 2007, p. 14). While there has been much discussion on teachers’ access and use of technology in the classroom there is a lack of focus on student issues. Aside from this debate there is a surprising lack of research studies focused on laptop integration in schools, specifically middle schools. The present study aims to continue the technology debate while analyzing self-report data from students in sixth through eighth-grade classrooms in a mid-sized suburban school district in Southeast Texas.
Evans, R., Kilinc, E., Witt Boriack, A. & Waxman, H. (2012). Students' Perceptions of Technology Use in Middle School. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1773-1777). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).