A an action plan for the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District to improve teachers' integration of technology into the classroom
Monica D.T. Rysavy, Wilmington University , United States
Wilmington University . Awarded
The New Castle County Vocational Technical School District (NCCVT) is comprised of four high schools throughout New Castle County—Delcastle Technical High School, Howard Technical High School, Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, and St. Georges Technical High School. The NCCVT School District is one of three vocational technical school districts in the State of Delaware.
Recent trends in the K-12 educational arena promote increasing technology integration in schools. The Delaware Center for Educational Technology has adopted Dr. Christopher Moersch's Level of Technology Implementation Framework (LoTi) Survey as its accepted tool for analyzing to what extent K-12 educators are integrating technology in Delaware schools.
This executive position paper examines ex post facto data from LoTi Surveys taken in the NCCVT School district during the 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 school years. Survey data were accessed through the secure LoTi Lounge web site. This paper also examines LoTi Survey data collected from a six-week pilot program conducted by this researcher. The program involved pre and post LoTi testing and was taken by 14 staff members at St. Georges Technical High School. The objective of this paper is to determine if a hybrid model of technology professional development, to include face-to-face and online learning through Blackboard, is an effective method of increasing staff members LoTi scores.
The findings of this study demonstrate an increase in the pilot program's LoTi scores when compared to the Pre-Pilot program LoTi survey. The Mode LoTi score increased from the Pre-Survey, where participants scored a LoTi Level 1, to the Post-Survey, where participants scored a LoTi Level 3.
Rysavy, M.D.T. A an action plan for the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District to improve teachers' integration of technology into the classroom. Ph.D. thesis, Wilmington University.
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