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The Impact of Ubiquitous Wireless Computers in the Internet Age: How Middle School Teachers Adapted to the Technology in the Initial Stages of Implementation
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, MacMurray College, United States ; , University of Missouri - St. Louis, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate teacher experiences that emerged in relation to the introduction of wireless technology and personal laptops into classrooms, in order to provide useful information to individuals associated with technology and education. In this study, we analyzed the experience of three teachers as they began to integrate technology as a tool in to their classroom instruction. Six themes emerged as these teachers began to successfully integrate ubiquitous laptop technology into their classroom instruction during the Fall of 2002: the impact of flexible administrative expectations, the development of technology knowledge, interactions with teaching methods, changes in teacher/student relationships, changes in the relationship among teachers, and the impact of ubiquitous technology access. As these teachers used the technology, their levels of self-efficacy in relation to computers increased, and the transition to technology integration in the classroom was not as problematic as previous studies have suggested.

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Burns, K. & Polman, J. (2005). The Impact of Ubiquitous Wireless Computers in the Internet Age: How Middle School Teachers Adapted to the Technology in the Initial Stages of Implementation. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2459-2464). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .

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